Seahawks, QB Russell Wilson agree on contract extension

The Seahawks and Russell Wilson have reached an agreement on a new deal, the quarterback announced early Tuesday morning.

Numbers for the extension have yet to be disclosed, but the Seahawks were expected to make Wilson the league’s highest-paid player. The deal would presumably eclipse that of Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, owner of the league’s most-lucrative deal prior to Tuesday. (Rodgers signed a four-year, $134 million extension with $98.7 guaranteed in August 2018.)

SEATTLE. Let’s get it. @Seahawks #GoHawks

— Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) April 16, 2019

This is the second contract extension between Wilson and the Seahawks. The 30-year-old quarterback was entering into the final season of a four-year, $87.6 million extension originally signed in July 2015. Rather than carry negotiations for a new deal to the start of training camp – as was the case in 2015 – Wilson’s camp reportedly gave the team an April 15 deadline for a new contract, according to Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times. According to 710 ESPN Seattle’s Jake Heaps, that deadline was first issued on Jan. 31.

Given Wilson’s contract status, the widely-held assumption that the new contract would carry a hefty price tag, and his looming deadline, there had been a number of recent reports questioning his future in Seattle — though the recent signing obviously brings an end to much of that theorizing. With the extension, the Seahawks are also able to avoid the use of a franchise tag on the quarterback in 2020.

In seven seasons with Seattle, Wilson has accrued 25,624 passing yards and 196 touchdowns. He has another 1,952 yards and 17 touchdowns on the ground. Originally a third-round pick by the Seahawks in 2012, Wilson has reached two Super Bowls – winning one – and has seen Seattle …read more

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