When asked about the possible deal during an interview with ET last month, Ciara said she'd be proud of Wilson "no matter what". "Go Hawks!" she said, with Russell adding, "I'ma see y'all in the morning".
But the extension allows Seattle to budget for the future knowing how to work with Wilson's hefty paycheck in the years ahead and build a contender around the former third-round pick that has developed into a franchise QB. The team held leverage knowing it likely had at least three more seasons with Wilson under center. He's the franchise quarterback, one play call away from being a Super Bowl champion and someone that the Seahawks, or any team in the league, would not be looking to remove and replace.
The deal, which includes a $65 million signing bonus and no-trade clause, was reached late Monday night.
However, by paying their quarterback $35 million per year, the Seahawks will also be strapped for cash.
Wilson, a five-time Pro Bowler, was present for the first day of Seahawks voluntary workout program while his agent and team executives worked out a deal. He has thrown for 25,624 yards and 196 touchdowns in his seven-year career. The Pittsburgh Steelers' Ben Roethlisberger could get a new contract soon, too, as may Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota - depending on how their respective teams (the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Tennessee Titans) feel about them. The Lions have been adamant that they haven't supported Stafford enough in recent seasons and have made this offseason about changing that, starting with hiring a new offensive coordinator in Darrell Bevell, who was Wilson's play caller in Seattle.
"When I first got drafted in 2012, I wanted to be here forever". Your dedication, consistency & commitment to the game never wavers. He announced news of an agreement on Instagram. "I'm excited about that".