What's next for Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks?

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Given that Wilson now has a deal in place that pays him $35 million per year, it's safe to assume that the guaranteed money hovers over $100 million.

In the early morning hours of Tuesday, it was announced that the Seattle Seahawks and Russell Wilson have reached agreement on a four-year, $140 million extension that includes a $65 million signing bonus and makes the quarterback the highest-paid player in the NFL.

The average annual value of the contract, $35 million, pushes Wilson, 30, past Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers as the highest-paid player in the league.

From the perspective of successful football business, here's the best thing about the Russell Wilson contract extension: He's the main reason the Seahawks have a +269 point differential in the fourth quarter since 2012, best in the NFL.

Wilson and his wife, Ciara, then both added a "Go Hawks!" before Wilson implored everyone to go to bed. Time for you all to go to bed. ESPN reports that the deal was finalized around the midnight deadline Wilson had imposed and came at the end of a grueling four-day negotiation process. If the Seahawks can't lock up Wilson to a new deal, the franchise likely will use the franchise tag on the quarterback. Rodgers' deal included a $57.5 million signing bonus, also topped by Wilson. The Seahawks have designed an entire offense around his mobility, which went from producing yardage of his own to more of an effect that freezes a pass rush, extends routes for the receivers and gives defenders something else to think about when trying to handle a three-headed rushing attack. He won a Super Bowl in his second season and got back to the championship game a year later before making the one major mistake of his career that will linger until he wins another title, throwing a goal line interception in the final minute when the Seahawks had a chance to take the lead on New England.

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Just don't count the Rockets among them. "When we are aggressive as a team, our defense goes to another level", said forward P.J. Utah's 19 turnovers (compared to 12 by Houston ) and the Rockets' eight offensive rebounds contributed to that disparity.

The worst thing about the deal, of course, is the effect to the rest of the roster under the NFL's hard cap.

The mock draft has the Seahawks taking Kyler Murray with the third pick as their replacement for Wilson.

"At the same time, and I know Dak wants this, you want a supporting cast", Jones said on a recent interview with ESPN Radio.

"Hey Seattle", says Wilson.

But Seattle showed previous year that it's a team on the rise again after missing the playoffs in 2017. He has passed for 25,624 yards with 212 total touchdowns while completing 64.1 percent of his passes. "I love it here, I love the city, I love the fans here". The heart of his career will be played out right where it started.

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