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Russell Wilson is now under contract through the 2023 season after agreeing to a $140 million four-year extension. Wilson was the first to announce the deal from his bed in the middle of the night after setting the deadline for negotiations at midnight of April 15th. Brandan Schulze and Adam Emmert break down at how the timing of the deal benefits the Seattle Seahawks, especially with it being a four-year extension.
Russell Wilson's contract boils down this way:— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) April 16, 2019
$65M signing bonus and a guatanteed $70M in 2019
The first 3 yrs are guatanteed for injury. That includes an $18M salary in 2020 and a $19M salary in 2021. So Wilson earns a massive $88M in first 2yrs of deal and $107M over 3 yrs
With a deal now done, it makes it enjoyable to go back and listen to some of the nonsense that fans had to endure leading up to the deadline. The show explores the comments from Jack Del Rio that he wouldn’t be surprised if Wilson was playing somewhere else in 2019, commentary about how the Seahawks 2019 quarterback would come from this year’s draft, and (maybe the most fun) about how Andy Benoit would rather see a team pay $18 million to Jacoby Brissett than by $25 million to Russell Wilson.
There was also a lot of commentary leading to the deadline surrounding the idea that Russell Wilson wanted out of Seattle and how his new salary had the potential to be a percentage of the salary cap. Neither of those story lines ultimately played out and Russell Wilson’s new no trade clause seems to negate the idea that Wilson desperately wanted out of Seattle.