After the news was announced that the Seattle Seahawks and Russell Wilson had reached a contract agreement late on the Monday night/Tuesday morning deadline, more pact details were announced that better illustrated just how well taken care of the franchise quarterback is. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport puts the total guarantee at a record $107 million on the total $140 million, four-year deal.
Wilson, who was the subject of trade rumors and “four first round picks in return, at least” compensation, also has a no trade clause in his contract, meaning he sees himself as being most valuable and most successful in his career with the Seahawks.
Full details for the #Seahawks and QB Russell Wilson: 4 new years, $140M. $65M to sign. Total guarantee: $107M. A no-trade clause. ... Now, Wilson is under contract for 5 years and $157M. And staying in Seattle.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 16, 2019
OvertheCap.com had estimated his deal to be around three years and $105 million, which is close to true, plus one more year. Consider that Kirk Cousins just signed a three-year, $84 million deal a year ago that was fully guaranteed and this is that much better than that. Of course, Wilson is that much better than Cousins.
If you add in the final year of his current deal, Wilson is making $31.4 million per season over the next five seasons. Overall, he signed a record-setting deal, got it out of the way before all the offseason programs and the draft, solidified himself as a Seahawk for at least the majority if not all of his career, and simplified the job that John Schneider and Pete Carroll have to do with their 2020 free agents like Frank Clark, Jarran Reed, and Bobby Wagner.
Onto the next one.