The Seattle Seahawks have agreed to a contract extension with Russell Wilson, according to Peter King of TheMMQB.com. The deal is worth four-years, $87.6 million, with a $31 million signing bonus. The deal also features $60 million in guarantees.
Russell Wilson and the Seahawks have agreed to a 4-year, $87.6-million extension, per source.— Peter King (@SI_PeterKing) July 31, 2015
The new Wilson deal includes a $31-million signing bonus, with approximately $60-million guaranteed.— Peter King (@SI_PeterKing) July 31, 2015
The Seahawks will have their first training camp practice today and Wilson had said he would shut down contract talks and focus on football if an agreement couldn’t be make. The Super Bowl winning quarterback will now be under contact in Seattle through the 2019 season. The deal won’t make him the highest paid quarterback in the NFL, barely missing Aaron Rodgers salary of $22 million per year. Wilson will make an annual salary of $21.9 million.
Earlier this year there was reports that Wilson wanted an annual salary around $25 million a year. The 26-year-old has thrown for 9,950 yards and 72 touchdowns on 794 completions in his first three seasons. The versatile quarterback has also ran for 1,877 yards on 308 carries and 11 touchdowns.
Wilson has led the Seahawks to three straight playoff appearances and two straight Super Bowls, with Seattle winning in 2014. He also has a career regular season record of 36-12 and has been one of the best quarterback in the league since 2012.
Some people may question the deal since the Seahawks rely so much on their running game and defense, but this goes to show you how good of a leader Wilson is, since the team is willing to pay him so much.