Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson agrees mega deal to become the highest-paid player in NFL history

Russell Wilson in action against the Packers
Russell Wilson in action against the Packers

Russell Wilson is understood to have become the highest-paid player in NFL history after signing a new four-year contract with the Seattle Seahawks.

The 30-year-old's extension, that will take him through to the end of the 2022-23 season, will reportedly net him $140million (£107.2m) at $35m per year.

It is understood that $65m of his total new deal is fully guaranteed.

It eclipses the $33.5m per season the Green Bay Packers agreed to pay Aaron Rodgers last August, and also puts him above Matt Ryan, Kirk Cousins and Jimmy Garoppolo as the top-five best paid players in the league.

Via his Twitter feed, Wilson said in a video: "Hey Seattle, we got a deal!"

Wilson's agent Mark Rodgers told NFL Network Insider: "Russell wanted more than anything to stay in Seattle. My job was to make sure of it, while doing the best deal possible."

"At the end of the day, my guy wants to live, work, thrive in Seattle," Rodgers told ESPN. "Loves this town and its fans. He compromised to stay here. I respect that."

During his seven seasons with the Seahawks, Russell has reached the play-offs on six occasions, appearing in two Super Bowls and winning one in 2014.

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