The Seattle Seahawks reached an agreement with star quarterback Russell Wilson making him the highest-paid player in the National Football League, according to ESPN.
The $140 million, four year extension includes a $65 million signing bonus. Russell, 30, is contractually obligated to the team through the 2023 season.
Russell contract tops that of Green Bay Packers’ quarterback Aaron Rodgers who was the richest ever NFL player until this week.
According to ESPN, Rodgers previously ranked first in salary and signing bonus – $33.5 million per season and $57.5 million respectively.
“At the end of the day, my guy wants to live, work, thrive in Seattle,” Rodgers said Tuesday. “Loves this town and its fans. He compromised to stay here. I respect that.”
Russell’s deal includes a no-trade clause, keeping him at home in Seattle until he turns 35 (retirement age for most NFL players).
Wilson announced the new contract extension on Twitter.com, while in bed with his wife, part-time singer Ciara Wilson, 33.
“Hey Seattle, we got a deal,” he said. “Go Hawks. But I’ma see y’all in the morning. Time for y’all to go to bed,”
Ciara is the mother of Wilson’s 2-year-old daughter Sienna. The “1,2 Step” singer also has a son, Future Zahir Wilburn, 4, by rapper Future Hendrix.
Ciara and Russell tied the knot in July 2016 after dating less than a year.
— Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) April 16, 2019
This is an open post where you can discuss any subject matter. This post will not be censored or moderated. Disqus may automatically moderate certain words considered offensive. There are no rules in Open Posts. So enter at your own risk.
Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images