Most of America went to bed with no announcement of any deal between Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks. Given Wilson's self-imposed deadline to reach a new agreement by April 15 or cut off all long-term negotiations, there was all sorts of speculation that Wilson's time in the Pacific Northwest might be coming to an end.
About 45 minutes into April 16, that speculation came to a close as Wilson announced on Twitter (while cuddling shirtless in bed with his wife Ciara) that he had reached a deal with the Seahawks. It was 1:12 a.m. Pacific time when ESPN's Adam Schefter confirmed that Wilson is now the NFL's highest-paid player. About 20 minutes later NFL Network's Ian Rapoport had the details: four more years and $140 million in new money, with a $65 million signing bonus and $107 million in total guarantees. Add that to his 2019 contract, and Wilson is signed for five years and $157 million. He also has a no-trade clause, virtually guaranteeing he will spend at least the next half-decade in Seattle.