Russell Wilson Becomes NFL Top Paid Player At $140 Million

Published on April 16, 2019

Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks have reached an agreement on a four-year, $140 million extension with a $65 million signing bonus.  This contract makes Wilson the highest paid player in the NFL.

Wilson, 30, is now contractually tied to the Seahawks through the 2023 season. This contract also tops

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ as the richest ever with a new-money annual average of $35 million per season. The signing bonus has also set a record, Rodgers was the first in both categories last summer with his extension of $33.5 million and $57.5 million.

Wilsons’ agent, Mark Rodgers stated: “At the end of the day, my guy wants to live, work, thrive in Seattle.”

Wilson was set to make $17 million this upcoming season, the final season of his four-year, $87.6 million extension that he previously signed in the summer of 2015.

It’s business and everything. I know essentially after the season, I could potentially be a free agent, that kind of thing […] I see myself being in Seattle. I love Seattle, and it’s a special place for me.” — Russell Wilson

Photo Credit: Mike Fiechtner Photography

The Best Is Yet To Come

Wilson is coming off arguably the best season of his career thus far, he had a career best 35 touchdown passes, passer rating of 110.9, and tied a career low seven interceptions.  All of this on 427 attempts which is his fewest since the 2013 season. Only Drew Brees and Patrick Mahomes had a better passer rating than Wilson last year.

Who’s Next?

With Wilson taken care of, the Seahawks will inevitably move towards potential extensions for their All-Pro middle linebacker Bobby Wagner and the team’s top pass-rusher Frank Clark. However, with this extension it will be difficult to extend both with both players being at the top of the market for their perspective positions. Clark currently has been involved in trade rumors and hasn’t signed his $17.128 million franchise tag.

Taylor Lee is a former Sports Editor at Grit Daily. With over ten years of experience in the business realm including an MBA from Grand Canyon University, Taylor focuses his writing in the fields of sports, music, and business. His other interest include being outdoors, cigars, and fine bourbons.

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