The deal is worth $140 million over four years with a $65 million signing bonus, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Tuesday, making Wilson the highest-paid player in the National Football League at $35 million per year.
The deal, which includes a $65 million signing bonus and no-trade clause, was reached late Monday night. Previously, Aaron Rodgers had the highest annual salary at $33.5 million, followed by Matt Ryan ($30 million).
Wilson reported to the team's off-season conditioning program Monday, according to ESPN. "We got a deal", Ciara, who's snuggled up next to him, adds sleepily, "Go Hawks". While that isn't cheap, it's more than fair to pay the best middle linebacker in the league - and something they can afford even with Wilson's mega deal in place. "See you all in the morning". 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.
After winning the role as starting QB for Seattle in 2012, Wilson helped lead the Seahawks to the team's first Super Bowl victory in 2014, dominating the Peyton Manning-led Denver Broncos 43-8 (Denver would go on to win in Manning's final year in 2015). However, the cap will rise each of the next three years of the deal. At $27 million a season for five years, it was quite the investment in a player who hadn't yet broken into an elite tier at his position. This team won one playoff game in Prescott's first three seasons where the Seahawks won six in Wilson's first three. It's not the only way to win, but it's becoming the path to success in this era. If the Cowboys think life gets easier as their quarterback gains experience, it's nearly like they've forgotten the oldest rule in the book. His son, Stephen, has said as much as well.
"Russell's goal and his hope was that he would continue his career with the Seahawks and continue to bring championships to this town", Wilson's agent Mark Rodgers said.
A number of people speculated what this could mean for the NFL's Most Valuable Player, Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes. The hardest working man I know.