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Russell Wilson shares why he wants to be ‘a Seahawk for life’

Russell Wilson officially signed his contract extension on Wednesday, and the Seattle Seahawks quarterback afterward shared how doing so set him on course to achieve one of his NFL career goals.

Wilson’s extension is a reported four-year, $140 million deal that includes a $65 million signing bonus — the largest such bonus in NFL history — and makes the quarterback the highest-paid player in the league on a per-year basis. The contract also includes a no-trade clause and will keep Wilson in Seattle until 2023, which suits the signal-caller just fine.

Wilson addressed how he wants to be a “Seahawk for life” during Wednesday’s press conference, explaining “because really from the beginning of my professional career, it started here and my goal was to end it here.”

Wilson added his goal is to “have a lasting impression on this city” and make the life of its residents better.

“When it came down to it, it was a no brainer for me to want to be in Seattle and I want to be a Seahawk for life,” Wilson continued, via the Seahawks’ official site. “That was kind of my mentality.

“The guys I’ve always admired in sports, the guys that played at (their) locations for 15-20 years. Guys like Derek Jeter, I want to be like that. I want to be remembered in that sense of what we want to do here in Seattle. So we’re just getting started. I’m excited about where we’re headed and what we’re doing. We’ve got a great football team. A lot of amazing talents, guys who’ve worked extremely hard, great character guys. There’s a lot of winning in this locker room. We’re looking forward to making sure we make that happen.

Wilson clearly wanted to stress his loyalty to Seattle and the 12th Man, which makes sense. Still, the organization and its fans are perhaps most encouraged about what Wilson had to say about the team’s future.

“I’ve got many more years to go and a lot more winning to do—we’ve got more Super Bowls to win,” Wilson said. “I’m excited about that.”