Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson made it clear to the team that he preferred to have a new contract in place by April 15, when offseason activities began for them and he got his wish. Bovada, one of the most respected sportsbooks today will offer NFL Week 1 lines once the league releases next season’s schedule and Wilson and the Seahawks agreeing to a new contract allows him to focus on preparing for what’s to come and now the team can turn their attention to other matters.

Russell Wilson signed his previous deal with the Seahawks on July 31, 2015. It was a four-year deal worth 87.6 million, so Wilson was going to be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the coming season if both parties failed to reach an agreement on an extension by then.

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At the time he signed his current contract it made Wilson the second-highest paid quarterback in the league by average annual value, so he wanted a figure that would place him back in the top 10 or top five at his position. In order for that to happen, he had to get a contract worth at least $27.5 million a year and he got more than that, as both parties agreed to a new four-year, $140 million contract with an average annual value of $35 million, which made him the highest-paid player in the NFL.

The guaranteed amount of $107 million in this contract is also the highest in the National Football League and Wilson’s $65 million signing bonus is the largest in the history of the league.

Highest Paid Quarterbacks Next Season

1. Russell Wilson: average annual value of $35 million

2. Aaron Rodgers: average annual value of $33.5 million

3. Matt Ryan: average annual value of $30 million

4. Kirk Cousins: average annual value of $28 million

5. Jimmy Garoppolo: average annual value of $27.5 million

6. Matthew Stafford: average annual value of $27 million

7. Derek Carr: average annual value of $25 million

8. Drew Brees: average annual value of $25 million

9. Andrew Luck: average annual value of $24.6 million

10. Alex Smith: average annual value of $23.5 million

Highest Paid Athletes by Sport Based on Average Annual Contract Value

Lionel Messi (Soccer): average annual value of over $80 million

Canelo Alvarez (Boxing): average annual value of $73 million with the streaming service DAZN

James Harden and John Wall (NBA): average annual value of $42.3 million

Mike Trout (MLB): average annual value of $35.8 million

Russell Wilson (NFL): average annual value of $35 million

Connor McDavid (NHL): average annual value of $12.5 million

Highest-Paid NFL Players of All-Time

1. Peyton Manning

Career Earnings: $248.7 million

2. Eli Manning

Career Earnings: $235.3 million

3. Drew Brees

Career Earnings: $221.7 million

4. Tom Brady

Career Earnings: $217.2 million

5. Aaron Rodgers

Career Earnings: $204.0 million

6. Philip Rivers

Career Earnings: $202.9 million

7. Ben Roethlisberger

Career Earnings: $187.3 million

8. Matt Ryan

Career Earnings: $178.7 million

9. Matthew Stafford

Career Earnings: $178.3 million

10. Carson Palmer

Career Earnings: $174.1 million

Russell Wilson Stats Last Season

65.6 completion percentage, 3,448 passing yards, 35 touchdowns, seven interceptions, 65.6 total quarterback rating

Russell Wilson Career Stats

64.2 completion percentage, 25,624 passing yards, 196 touchdowns, 63 interceptions

Russell Wilson Career Playoff Stats

62.0 completion percentage, 3,010 passing yards, 21 touchdowns, 11 interceptions

Russell Wilson Stats When the Seahawks Won Super Bowl XLVIII in 2013-14

63.1 completion percentage, 3,357 passing yards, 26 touchdowns, nine interceptions, 67.2 total quarterback rating

Russell Wilson Playoff Stats When the Seahawks Won Super Bowl XLVIII in 2013-14

63.2 completion percentage, 524 passing yards, three touchdowns, zero interceptions

The numbers don’t lie, Russell Wilson’s importance to the Seahawks is clear. He won a Super Bowl, he’s a five-time Pro Bowler, with consecutive appearances in the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons, he’s started every game for the Seahawks in all seven years of his career, his completion percentage has never fallen below 61 percent and his career-low for touchdown passes is 20.

Russell Wilson’s sacks (41, 43 and 51) have increased and his passing yards (4,219, 3,983 and 3,448) have decreased over the last two seasons but the Seahawks knew they would not find a more capable and consistent quarterback via free agency or the NFL Draft and Wilson is arguably the face of the franchise, so he deserves this contract.