The Seattle Seahawks and star QB Russell Wilson agreed to a contract extension on Tuesday morning. The four-year $140 million deal makes Wilson the highest paid athlete in the NFL.
ESPN (@espn) reported, Wilson’s new deal came with a $65 million signing bonus. With the extension, Wilson will now be with Seattle at least through the 2023 NFL season. At 30 years-old, the Seahawks have likely locked up Wilson throughout his prime years with this extension. Wilson’s new deal includes a no-trade clause. Wilson’s contract breaks down to roughly $35 million per season. He surpasses Aaron Rodgers who previously help the title as highest paid NFL player, with an average annual salary of roughly $33.5 million. Wilson and the Seahawks had a midnight (Monday/Tuesday) deadline to get the deal done. Wilson announced that the deal had been done via video he posted to Twitter at around 12:15 am.