Russell Wilson signs deal, says Seahawks ‘got more Super Bowls to win’
Russell Wilson signed his contract extension on Wednesday, and afterward made it clear he intends to lead the Seattle Seahawks to more Super Bowl victories.
Wilson’s extension is a reported four-year, $140 million deal that includes a $65 million signing bonus, the largest in NFL history. The terms of the deal makes Wilson the highest-paid player in the NFL on a per-year basis. The contract also includes a no-trade clause and will keep Wilson in Seattle until 2023.
Wilson and the Seahawks agreed to terms on early Tuesday morning, just as his imposed deadline to work out a deal ended, and the team officially announced the deal with a press conference on Wednesday.
A special day indeed. pic.twitter.com/jE7K4bkABf— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) April 17, 2019
“I love Seattle, it’s a special place for me,” Wilson said after putting pen to paper. Later, Wilson articulated his goals for the immediate future and beyond.
“For me, for my family and for (agent) Mark (Rodgers), we love Seattle, and it’s the place I want to be,” Wilson said moments after signing the contract, per the Seahawks’ official site. “I’ve always wanted to be here. When I first got drafted in 2012, I wanted to be here forever. This helps solidify that. I’ve got many more years to go and a lot more winning to do—we’ve got more Super Bowls to win. I’m excited about that.”
Prior to the press conference, the Seahawks posted footage of Wilson saying as much in a personal message to the team’s fans.
Time to make it happen #GoHawks x @DangeRussWilson pic.twitter.com/SsMBUJQFBN— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) April 17, 2019
Wilson is entering his eighth season after the Seahawks selected him 75th overall in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft. He led the Seahawks to consecutive Super Bowl berths, winning in his first appearance in Super Bowl XLVIII.
Wilson, 31, enjoyed one of his better seasons in 2018 from a statistical perspective, completing 65.6 percent of his passes for 3,448 yards while reaching a career high in touchdown passes (35) and a career low in interceptions (7).