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Russell Wilson is now NFL’s highest paid player

The Seattle Seahawks and Russell Wilson have reached agreement on a four-year, $140 million extension that includes a $65 million signing bonus and makes the quarterback the highest-paid player in the NFL.

With the four years added to his contract, Wilson, 30, is contractually tied to the Seahawks through the 2023 season, a source said.

In addition to topping Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ contract as the richest ever with a new-money annual average of $35 million per season, Wilson’s signing bonus also sets a record. Rodgers was first in both categories at $33.5 million and $57.5 million, respectively, on the extension he signed last summer.

The deal includes a no-trade clause, a source said.

Wilson, without specifying terms, said he had reached a deal in a video he posted to Twitter about 45 minutes after the passing of the midnight deadline that his side had set for an extension.

“Hey Seattle, we got a deal,” a sleepy-sounding Wilson says while lying in bed next to his wife, Ciara. “Go Hawks. But I’ma see y’all in the morning. Time for y’all to go to bed.”

 

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

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Written by Gift Amadi

Gift Eruchi Amadi is a passionate blogger.

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