At the end of the NFL’s season earlier this year, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson expressed his desire to remain in the Rain City but only if his deal could be renegotiated. As of April 15, it appears that Wilson, with the help of his agent Mark Rodgers, received exactly what he asked for.
According to ESPN, Wilson and his team of seven years signed an agreement of a $140 million extension, plus an added $65 million signing bonus, currently making the 30-year-old the highest paid player in the NFL.
With this renegotiation, Wilson not only takes the spot as the richest athlete in the league from Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, but he also set a record with his signing bonus being the highest ever.
Wilson took to his Instagram page to announce the good news with a video featuring his wife, R&B singer Ciara. “Hey Seattle, we got a deal,” he said in the clip while lying in bed with Ciara. “Go Hawks. But I’mma see y’all in the morning. Time for y’all to go to bed.”
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News of Wilson’s deal comes after four days of negotiating between the quarterback’s agent and the Seahawks. Wilson and Rodgers had a deadline for midnight for the Seahawks to make a suitable decision. On Tuesday (April 16), prior to the negotiation being set in stone, Rodgers stated that “at the end of the day my guy wants to live, work, thrive in Seattle. Loves this town and its fans. He compromised to stay here. I respect that.”
Wilson’s move was welcomed with open arms from Ciara, who took to his Instagram comments to say “So proud of you baby! God is so good! #GoHawks.”