Seattle Seahawks

Seattle Seahawks

With the threat of a get-it-done-or-else "deadline" hanging over head, the Seattle Seahawks and their superstar quarterback Russell Wilson reached a contract agreement that will make him the NFL's highest-paid player and keep him with the team through the 2023 season when he will be turn 35. 

According to reports, the deal is worth $140 million over four years with an NFL-record $65 million signing bonus. Wilson's average salary of $35 million is also a record, surpassing the $33.5 million per year that Aaron Rodgers is pulling down with Green Bay. 

Wilson announced that a deal was in place last night via Twitter and Instagram while lying in bed with his wife, musical performer Ciara. 

There had to be little doubt that a deal would get done, even if the reported deadline of April 15 had come and gone without an agreement in place. 

Wilson, who was at the facility when the team's conditioning workouts began on Monday, has said all along that he wanted to remain in Seattle and the Seahawks made it clear that they intended to bring him back. Why on earth wouldn't they?

Wilson is also an investor in a Northwest based group, Portland Diamond Project, which is working to bring Major League Baseball to Portland. 

The question was when a deal would be completed. Wilson, who has never missed a start in his seven seasons with the team, had one year remaining on the four-year, $87.6 million deal he signed in the summer of 2015. Seattle always had the option of using the franchise tag on Wilson for three seasons. But such things never happen with legitimate, franchise, marquee quarterbacks who are headed to the hall of fame like Wilson, a five-time Pro Bowler with a Super Bowl title under his belt. Deals get done.

 

Wilson and his agent Mark Rodgers imposing a deadline might have sped up the negotiations, but it never appeared plausible that Wilson would turn down this same deal had it been presented this summer or next year. 

But, we'll never truly know what drama would have ensued because both parties reached an agreement. 

Now Seattle can shift its attention to defensive end Frank Clark, whom the team used the franchise tag on this offseason when he was an unrestricted free agent. Clark is due to make $17.1 million this season after being tagged but has intimated that he could hold out if a new, long-term deal is not reached.