Wilson will report to Seahawks even without new deal

16 April, 2019, 13:45 | Author: Suzanne Horton
  • Russell Wilson Won't Sign Long-Term Deal With Seahawks Beyond April 15

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Wilson will become the NFL's new highest-paid player with a four-year, $140 million extension that includes a $65 million bonus.

It appears Seattle Seahawks fans can breathe easy, at least for now.

Wilson has given the Seahawks a deadline of midnight tonight to ink a long term deal, otherwise he will play out his current contract and force Seattle into the franchise tag game that eventually got Kirk Cousins onto the open market. Wilson set a deadline of April 15 for the Seahawks to negotiate with him and get a new contract ironed out.

The New York Giants are a team that has been linked to a possible Russell Wilson trade. Meeting his demands might get Wilson and his agent back to the table after the deadline.

His last deal made him the NFL's second-highest-paid quarterback, behind Aaron Rodgers' $22 million per season.


Yes, Wilson and his agent, Mark Rodgers, continue to talk to the Seahawks about a long-term deal.

Seattle has had a precedent of not guaranteeing base salaries other than for injury beyond the first year of the contract (with any guarantees typically kicking five days following the season).

Wilson is now under team control through the 2023 season.

What Wilson nearly certainly wants is a contract that would top the $33.5 million per year average of Rodgers, who is now the highest-paid player in the National Football League, and/or guarantees topping the $94.5 million that Atlanta QB Matt Ryan received last year, an amount that was fully guaranteed at signing. But can they live with trading away Wilson instead? And, yes, under the right financial circumstances, Wilson will sign what would be a third contract in Seattle.

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