Who needs negotiations when you can place self-imposed deadlines? The Seattle Seahawks waited until the final moments to complete a long-term extension on Friday, with Russell Wilson. Originally, talks were to cease at midnight, but both sides were close enough to agree to a four-year $87.6 million contract in the early morning.
The deal is worth $21.9 million per year, so it falls short of Aaron Rodgers $22 million per season, but it’s a great start to a new year for Wilson. During earlier contract talks, it was reported that Wilson wanted upwards of $25 million per season. It was a foregone conclusion that Wilson would be the next quarterback to receive the $100 million contract, but the shortened extension came about instead.
Wilson broke the news in the morning with a simple tweet. Included in the deal is a $31 million signing bonus. In addition, it’s reported that the contract has $60 million guaranteed. Currently, he’s tied for third in guaranteed money with Cam Newton. Ben Roethlisberger’s $64 million and Colin Kaepernick’s $61 million lead the way.
Overall, Wilson doesn’t have the most amazing passing stats, but his three-year run is the best record of any quarterback in NFL history. He’s (36-12) as a starter, and hasn’t missed a game for the Seahawks. With two Super Bowl appearances and one victory, Wilson is looking to get back to a third straight title game.
Despite being put into a box, Wilson is far better than he’s gotten credit for. He’s a 63 percent passer, while connecting on 72 touchdowns, and 26 interceptions. Wilson also has 11 rushing touchdowns in his career.
Wilson has gone from Seattle’s third round pick in 2012 to a franchise quarterback. Until this upcoming season, he never made more than $1.5 million in a year, so Seattle had Wilson a huge discount. Now he’s receiving what he rightfully deserves.