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.
About a week ago, Seattle informed their all-pro cornerback that he would be getting released. There’s a good chance Richard Sherman took that piece of news personally. You know how I know? Because, out of all the teams that would’ve loved to add a CB like Sherman to their roster, he chose a team in the same division as his former squad. The San Francisco 49ers. I know, I know, you’re saying “How? I don’t see the 49ers being any competition for Seattle in the near future.” But if you think about it, the 49ers are not that far away from being contenders in the NFC West. The addition of QB Jimmy Garoppolo from New England changed things drastically for the 49ers. A few more solid moves, and the 49ers could easily become a serious contender out West. Plus, Seattle has basically been decimated in these past few seasons. This is not the same Seattle squad that was legendary for its tough defense and the great ground and pound game with Marshawn Lynch.
Sherman signed a three year $39 million contract with San Francisco this week. A contract that reportedly included almost no guaranteed money (Sherman will receive a $3 million signing bonus). A contract Sherman negotiated himself without an agent. The deal Sherman agreed to came under fire by Cleveland Browns offensive Lineman Joe Thomas who said Sherman negotiated a horrible deal for himself. Sherman disagreed, saying that he was betting on himself. Sherman’s contract only includes a $3 million signing bonus, but he did negotiate a few incentives for himself in the deal: Sherman’s base salary for 2018 will be $2 million. He gets another $2 million if he passes a physical by the first day of training camp. If Sherman gets voted to the pro bowl he’ll receive another $1 million. If he’s named an All-Pro this season, Sherman will grab another $2 million. Sherman’s base salary for 2019 and 2020 become fully guaranteed if he makes the pro-bowl in 2018. That would be $16 million guaranteed for the next two seasons ($8 million in 2019 & another $8 million in 2020). In the long run, it wasn’t really a bad deal. Richard Sherman himself said as much. If he doesn’t have a major injury, there’s a very good chance that Sherman could make the pro-bowl next season. Most of his bonus money is tied up into him making the pro-bowl. It seems like a pretty good bet to me.
Days ago, the Seattle Seahawks informed their all-star cornerback that they would be releasing him on Friday. Today, the Seahawks made the announcement official.
Sherman was drafted by Seattle in the 5th round in 2011. Richard Sherman is a four-time bro bowler. In 2013, Sherman led the league in interceptions and also helped Seattle win their first Super Bowl. Sherman’s exit from Seattle marks the official end of “The Legion Of Boom.” DE Michael Bennett was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles earlier this week. Sherman will officially become a free agent. With so many teams looking for a quality corner, chances are, Sherman won’t be on the market for too long before a team comes along and scoops him up.
Breaking news from the NFL. The Seattle Seahawks are trading DE Michael Bennettt and a 7th round draft pick to the Philadelphia Eagles for WR Marcus Johnson and a 5th round draft pick. ESPN’S Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) and Josina Anderson (@JosinaAnderson) broke the story first.