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Russell Wilson has become the highest paid player in the NFL with his new contract with the Seattle Seahawks.

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The quarter-back posted a video on Twitter on Tuesday morning saying, “Seattle, we got a deal”, insinuating that he has extended his contract with the team.

His agent, Mark Rodgers, said the deal is a $140m, four-year extension with the Seahawks, which runs through the 2023 season and includes a $65m signing bonus, a no-trade clause and $107m in guaranteed money.

“Russell’s goal and his hope was that he would continue his career with the Seahawks and continue to bring championships to this town,” Mark Rodgers, said. “He believes there is still unfinished business and he is looking forward to pursuing that without having to worry about contracts and his future.”

Wilson’s per year average of $35m tops Aaron Rodgers’ average annual salary of $33.5m as part of the $134m extension he signed last year with the Green Bay Packers.

Wilson’s current $87.6m, four-year deal was signed at the beginning of training camp in 2015 and was set to expire after next season.

The 30-year-old had set a midnight deadline for a new deal with Seattle. He wanted certainty about his contract before the start of the team’s offseason workout program, which began on Monday. Wilson showed up for the first day and by the end of the night was posting a video with his wife Ciara announcing the agreement.


Congratulations Wilson!

Photograph: Paul Childs/Action Images via Reuters

By Oluwatoyin Adeleye

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