Russell Wilson & Ciara Cuddle Up After $140 Million Contract Extension

Russell Wilson becomes NFL's highest-paid player in blockbuster deadline deal

Russell Wilson becomes NFL's highest-paid player in blockbuster deadline deal

Back to the future.

The 30-year-old Wilson had set a midnight Monday deadline for a new deal with Seattle. Wilson and the Seahawks fell to the New England Patriots the next year in Super Bowl XLIX. During the 2013 season, he led the team to its first Super Bowl victory in its history and has logged six Pro Bowl appearances.

Best thing about the deal from Ciara's perspective: She can not justifiably be called Yoko Ono.

Best thing about the deal from Wilson's perspective: He'll have enough money to jump-start his post-career plans to be a bigger-than-sports mogul. "Oh yeah, if that's what I've got to do", Russell said. However, the cap will rise each of the next three years of the deal. We know Cici's proud!

Russell Wilson made the announcement via Twitter while in bed with his wife Ciara. The team held leverage knowing it likely had at least three more seasons with Wilson under center. Depending on how he plays in 2019, he could very well eclipse Wilson's salary. Wilson is now the highest paid player in the league with a $140 million contract extension over four years.

The deal, which includes a $65 million signing bonus and no-trade clause, was reached late Monday night.

But Seattle showed previous year that it's a team on the rise again after missing the playoffs in 2017.

Wilson celebrated the record-breaking agreement by posting an IG video of himself and Ciara finally going to bed after a long day of negotiations. That means the infusion of anticipated gambling revenues eagerly anticipated by National Football League clubs will have no impact on Wilson's fixed costs. Wilson's message was simple, "Hey, Seattle, we got a deal".

The worst thing about the deal, of course, is the effect to the rest of the roster under the NFL's hard cap. Rodgers earns $33.5 million per season and had a $57.5 million signing bonus. Wilson has spent his entire career in Seattle since being drafted in 2012.

Wilson's annual average tops Aaron Rodgers' average annual salary of $33.5 million as part of the $134 million extension he signed past year with the Green Bay Packers.

The hardest part is not funding a franchise QB.

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