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Russell Wilson Announces Seattle Seahawks Extension with Bizarre Twitter Video

Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks have finally reached an agreement that will keep the quarterback in Washington for the foreseeable future and make him the best-paid QB in the NFL.

The 30-year-old shared the news early on Tuesday morning, posting a clip of himself in bed alongside his wife, Ciara.

“Hey Seattle, we got a deal,” Wilson said in the video. “Go Hawks, but I’m gonna see y’all in the morning. Time for y’all to go to bed.”

The post came accompanied by a message which simply stated “SEATTLE. Let’s get it.”

The announcement came less than an hour after the self-imposed midnight deadline for an extension.

According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Wilson signed a four-year extension worth $140 million, with $107 million guaranteed and a $65 million signing bonus. The deal, which includes a no-trade clause, makes him the highest-paid player in the league and surpasses the extension Aaron Rodgers signed with the Green Bay Packers in August last year.

Wilson and Seattle had been locked in negotiations for months after the signal-caller, the only Super Bowl-winning quarterback in Seahawks history, said he was happy to enter the final year of his contract without signing an extension.

"It's business and everything,” Wilson told ESPN at the time.

“I know essentially after the season, I could potentially be a free agent, that kind of thing. I don't think that way. I see myself being in Seattle. I love Seattle, and it's a special place for me."

The former Wisconsin and North Carolina State star was due to make $17 million in 2019, the final season of the four-year, $87.6 million deal he signed in 2015. The extension averaged $21.9 million, which at the time made him the second-highest-paid player in the league behind Rodgers.

Since being drafted as a third-round pick in 2012, Wilson has developed into a key figure for the Seahawks, leading them to victory in Super Bowl XLVIII.

Each of his 112 appearances in the NFL has come as a starter and he is yet to miss a single game since entering the league.

A six-time Pro Bowler and the 2012 Rookie of the Year, Wilson has averaged 3,660 passing yards and 28 touchdown passes per season, with a 64.2 percent completion rate.

Last season, he threw a career-high 35 touchdown passes as the Seahawks finished 10-6 in the regular season but lost 24-22 to the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC Wild Card Game.

Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks Russell Wilson, #3 of the Seattle Seahawks scrambles in the pocket against the Dallas Cowboys in the first half during the Wild Card Round at AT&T Stadium on January 5 in Arlington, Texas. Tom Pennington/Getty Images

 

 

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