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Wilson confirms new contract in late-night video

Turns out the Seattle Seahawks and Russell Wilson did make their deadline, after all.

In a video posted on Twitter shortly after midnight Tuesday morning, Wilson declared the two parties’ much-discussed new contract extension done.

In case you can’t listen in, Wilson says: “Hey, Seattle. We got a deal. Go Hawks. But I’m gonna see y’all in the morning. Time for y’all to go to bed.”

Soon after, Adam Schefter reported contract details in line with what many had speculated: $140 million over four years.

With the new contact, Wilson becomes not only the highest-paid pro athlete in Seattle history, but also the highest-paid player in the NFL, surpassing Aaron Rodgers. Congratulations quickly came in from teammates past and present.

Wilson, John Schneider and Pete Carroll thus avoid carrying protracted negotiations through the NFL draft and the summer, and the use of the franchise tag. Now Wilson’s a Seahawk through 2023.