Russell Wilson has signed a new deal with the Seattle Seahawks
The quarterback has signed a new four-year contract extension deal with the NFC Champions worth $87.6 million according to The MMQB’s Peter King, who was first to announce the news.
The Seahawks managed to get the deal done before their 1pm ET deadline. Wilson said he wanted a new deal before the start of the Seahawks training camp on Friday, so this agreement narrowly misses that deadline.
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The new deal for the 26-year-old, two-time Pro Bowler also includes $60 million guaranteed and approximately $21.9 million annual salary. The contract extension also includes a $31 million signing bonus.
This makes him the second highest annual salary in the quarterback position, just behind Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Rodgers who is on $22 million a year and ahead of Pittsburgh Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger, and Carolina Panthers’ Cam Newton.
It will probably stay this way until the Indianapolis Colts offer their quarterback, Andrew Luck, a new deal when his contract expires at the end of the 2016 season.
This new deal isn't far off the prediction by Spotrac.com. They said Wilson should be given a five-year deal worth $109.76 million, with $21.95 million in annual salary, and an estimated $61.46 million guaranteed.
Wilson expressed his happiness on the deal on Twitter.
Since being drafted by the Seahawks in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft, Wilson has had a passer rating average of 98.6, scored 83 touchdowns, and has thrown for 9,950 yards.
He has also had 42 wins in his career, with six playoff wins, and two Super Bowl starts, including winning the Super Bowl back in the 2013 season.
The Seahawks will now have their Super Bowl winning quarterback until he is 30, when he will probably receive another nice payday. Not bad for some!
Focus for the Seahawks can now be shifted to finding Kam Chancellor a new deal to bring him back to training camp, as the safety is holding out till he is offered a new contract.
Overall, it's good to see Wilson been given the contract he deserves for helping the Seahawks take big strides forward as a franchise.