It all happened just 30 minutes before Wilson's deadline of midnight last night and resulted in the Seattle quarterback committing himself to the team for the next four years in return for the biggest contract in National Football League history.
"Hey Seattle, we got a deal", a sleepy-sounding Wilson says while lying in bed next to his wife Ciara.
Russell Wilson and the Seahawks agreed to terms on a four-year, $140 million extension late Monday night just before his self-imposed negotiating deadline.
Wilson is scheduled to make $17 million in 2019, and the four-year extension will keep him with Seattle through 2023.
Russell Wilson has proven he can do that, and that's why he's broken the financial paradigms of the position, as well. "We got a deal", Ciara, who's snuggled up next to him, adds sleepily, "Go Hawks".
Wilson said, "Imma see y'all in the morning".
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The move is very likely to put off a massive legal battle involving Democrats controlling the House and the Trump administration . Trump weighed in, telling reporters he won't consent to discharge his yields while he is under audit earlier Wednesday.
In the end, that stipulation was waived by Wilson after the Seahawks offered him a boosted signing bonus of $65million to accompany his $35 million per year deal.
And Seahawks fans will be rejoicing that they will get to see more brilliant plays like this in the next four years.
The counterpoint is that this strategy led Wilson to his most efficient season (a 110.9 QB rating, and a 35-to-7 touchdowns-to-interception ratio) in 2018. He was a quarterback for North Carolina State University before being drafted by the Colorado Rockies Major League Baseball team in 2010.
Ever since Wilson arrived, they've won at least nine games every year and made the playoff each year except for 2017. The market for Clark's position was recently set high by the Cowboys' re-signing of DeMarcus Lawrence to a $105 million, five-year deal, with $65 million in guarantees. Wentz is projected to snag a deal of five years, $146 million with $50 million guaranteed at signing, along the lines of what Jimmy Garrapolo received from the 49ers.
And with his new contract done, Wilson has the chance to play his entire career with one team. "Your dedication, consistency, and commitment to the game never wavers". That alone should get him a lifetime pass into the inner sanctum of Seattle sports titans, even if the perception remains that the Seahawks' defense was the real impetus for that Super Bowl title. "I'm excited about that", Wilson said.