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NFL's Highest-Paid Player Is Now a 5-Foot-11 Quarterback - Report

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Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson became the highest-paid player in the NFL when he signed four-year, $140 million contract extension with his team, ESPN reported Tuesday.

The deal includes a league-record $65 million signing bonus, according to the report, as well as a no-trade clause.

With the extension, Wilson will be in Seattle through the 2023 season.

The contract will pay Wilson $35 million per year, which tops the deal quarterback Aaron Rodgers signed with the Green Bay Packers last August.

Rodgers signed a four-year, $134 million deal with an average annual salary of $33.5 million. Rodgers got a signing bonus of $57.5 million.

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“Hey Seattle, we got a deal,” Wilson said in a video tweet early Tuesday morning as he was lying in bed next to his wife, pop star Ciara.

“Go Hawks. I’m gonna see y’all in the morning. Time for y’all to go to bed,” he said.

A few hours later, Wilson, an outspoken Christian, tweeted, “My Hallelujah belongs to YOU.”

The 30-year-old quarterback is a five-time Pro Bowler who led the Seahawks to the franchise’s only championship, a 43-8 victory in Super Bowl XLVIII over the Denver Broncos on Feb. 2, 2014.

The team had been negotiating with Wilson over the past few days. The quarterback had set a deadline of Monday at midnight to get a deal done or else he would cut off talks.

“At the end of the day, my guy wants to live, work, thrive in Seattle,” Wilson’s agent, Mark Rodgers, said Tuesday, reported ESPN. “Loves this town and its fans. He compromised to stay here. I respect that.”

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Wilson was drafted in the third round with the 75th pick by the Seahawks in 2012.

He was measured at the combine in 2012 at 5 feet 10 and 5/8th of an inch, ESPN reported at the time.

Did the Seahawks make the right move in signing Wilson to this deal?

“His height, measured by NFL scouting combine officials at 5-foot-10 and five-eighths of an inch, doesn’t measure up to long-established league standards,” ESPN’s Mike Sando reported April 30, 2012. “That is why the Seahawks were able to draft the Wisconsin quarterback with only the 75th overall choice even though Wilson appears dynamic by other measures, including his arm, athleticism and leadership.”

Wilson’s height, which the team has rounded up to 5 feet 11, obviously has not held him back.

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Dave is a lifelong sports fan who has been writing for The Wildcard since 2017. He has been a writer for more than 20 years for a variety of publications.
Dave has been writing about sports for The Wildcard since 2017. He's been a reporter and editor for over 20 years, covering everything from sports to financial news. In addition to writing for The Wildcard, Dave has covered mutual funds for Pensions and Investments, meetings and conventions, money market funds, personal finance, associations, and he currently covers financial regulations and the energy sector for Macallan Communications. He has won awards for both news and sports reporting.
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