It was a message heard across the NFL.
"Hey Seattle, we got a deal."
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and his agent Mark Rodgers worked around the clock on a deal that would keep Wilson in the Emerald City until 2023, and on Tuesday morning, the five-time Pro Bowler and the quarterback of the only Super Bowl-winning team in Seahawks history got paid.
Wilson and the Seahawks agreed to a four-year, $140 million contract extension with a record-breaking $65 million signing bonus, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. The new deal now makes Wilson the highest paid player in the NFL.
Here's a look at what they're saying about Wilson's big payday.
Good Morning Football's Pete Schraeger says it wasn't a surprise to see Wilson's hefty contract, as elite quarterbacks have been getting paid over the last few years.
"This is no joke. This is about 15 percent of their salary cap. Bobby Wagner's probably a future Hall of Famer if he keeps it up at this rate, gotta pay him as well. There will be sacrifices made."
Colin Cowherd of The Herd on FOX Sports said Wilson is deserving of a big dollars.
"You owed him one, but this has been Russell Wilson's franchise for several years. This morning, finally, it's official. He's always deserved more credit than he's received."
"This has been Russell Wilson's franchise for several years. This morning, finally, it's official. He's always deserved more credit than he's received."@ColinCowherd on Wilson becoming the highest-paid NFL player pic.twitter.com/xytIB3ODrw— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) April 16, 2019
Gregg Bell of The News Tribune says that with Wilson's new contract deal complete, the priority now becomes Frank Clark.
"The Seahawks have a real, NFL deadline of July 15 to get an extension done with him. After that date, he can only play in 2019 for Seattle on the one-year franchise tag and can't sign a multiyear deal until after this year ends, per the league's CBA."
Not done yet? Russell Wilson's new NFL-record, $140M deal appears to be the same structure as other #Seahawks big-ticket extensions. Why that means the team can still retain Frank Clark and Bobby Wagner, too. https://t.co/SOpMXPYAtO @thenewstribune— Gregg Bell (@gbellseattle) April 16, 2019
While Wilson's monster deal ranks first in the NFL, according to ESPN Stats & Info, his contract extensions ranks sixth in the NBA behind Russell Westbrook, Stephen Curry, Chris Paul, LeBron James and Andrew Wiggins.
According to @AdamSchefter, Russell Wilson's new contract has an average annual value of $35M. That's the highest of any player in the NFL.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) April 16, 2019
That would rank 6th in the NBA behind:
- Russell Westbrook
- Stephen Curry
- Chris Paul
- LeBron James
- Andrew Wiggins (!)
And of course, we have to talk about how and where Wilson announced his deal in Seattle. The Seahawks star posted a video to his Twitter account while cuddling in bed with wife Ciara.
This dude just got a big deal AND just announced it while in bed with Ciara......yup, Russell Wilson just won the day! https://t.co/4bQY06RtY7— Mike Hill (@ItsMikeHill) April 16, 2019
Somewhere there's a guy that was laying in bed next to Ciara and got a call to tell him that he was now worth 140 million more dollars than when he went to bed. @DangeRussWilson living that Best Life. #Seahawks— Michael Grey (@TheMichaelGrey) April 16, 2019
Gotta say, Russell Wilson getting a $140 million contract and announcing it from bed with Sierra laying beside him feels like dunking and hanging on the rim.— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) April 16, 2019