NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero: Seahawks ‘still have flexibility’ after Russell Wilson’s mega

Pete Carroll and Russell Wilson Back to the future.  Corky Trewin Seattle Seahawks

The 30-year-old Wilson had set a midnight Monday deadline for a new deal with Seattle. Instead of calling his bluff, the Seahawks gave him what he asked for.

That's not hyperbole; with his new four-year, $140 million deal, Wilson is now the NFL's highest-paid player.

There are no workarounds for the facts that Wilson has the most wins by a quarterback in his first seven seasons in NFL history, and that his career QB rating of 100.3 is second in league annals only to Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers, who is 35. This development was too good to keep to himself, as Russell told everyone the good news while still in bed with his wife, Ciara, 33. They won't be able to pay their other core players the way they did when Wilson was on his rookie deal years ago, and we've seen the implications of that.

"Hey Seattle. We got a deal", he said while lying in bed with the songstress. "Go Hawks!" she said, with Russell adding, "I'ma see y'all in the morning".

Wilson's $140 million, four-year extension puts him at the top of the National Football League salary food chain for now.

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No more speculation about Wilson wanting to play elsewhere. They have two first-round picks this year thanks to the OBJ deal and should have no problem throwing in one more for one of the three NFC quarterbacks who won a Super Bowl in the past eight years. His contract is probably going to be the least expensive of the four, although another strong season next year could push his price up into the $10 million dollar range annually.

Wilson reported to the team's off-season conditioning program Monday, according to ESPN. He'll probably command something in the ballpark of $13-14 million annually, and at age 28 he could easily sign a four or five-year deal. He threw 35 touchdowns to seven interceptions in 2018, while completing 65.6 percent of his pass attempts. Wentz is projected to snag a deal of five years, $146 million with $50 million guaranteed at signing, along the lines of what Jimmy Garrapolo received from the 49ers. "Oh yeah, if that's what I've got to do", Russell said.

He's also been extremely durable, never missing a game while playing through significant knee, ankle and shoulder injuries.

Wilson was understandably more than pleased with the role his agent Mark Rodgers played in landing him his huge new contract, and he showed that appreciation with a public tweet of thanks. So, I'm really proud of him and excited for him no matter what.

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