What They’re Saying: Russell Wilson get his payday

Lindsey Wisniewski
Wilson agrees to a four-year, $140 million contract extension.

What Theyre Saying: Russell Wilson get his payday originally appeared on nbcsportsnorthwest.com

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."

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."

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.

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.