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Russell Wilson and Ciara make a major announcement

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Cassandra Castillo | 17 April, 2019, 13:02

Wilson's new deal runs through the 2023 season and includes a $65 million signing bonus, a no-trade clause and $107 million in guaranteed money.

The Seattle Seahawks agreed to a contract extension with Russell Wilson just before Monday's deadline.

Wilson's annual average of $35 million per season eclipses Aaron Rodgers' extension signed past year. That tops Aaron Rodgers' recent ceiling of $33 million a year, and it pushes Stafford to sixth in the contract pecking order, also behind Matt Ryan at $30 million, Kirk Cousins at $28 million and Jimmy Garoppolo at $27.5 million.

As you might expect, news of Wilson's blockbuster new deal was greeted by plenty of reaction online, with Wilson's former Seahawks teammate, safety Earl Thomas, congratulating the quarterback on his new contract, while current teammate, linebacker Bobby Wagner, also tweeted his congratulations. He posted a video in bed with his wife, singer Ciara, and said, "Hey, Seattle".

"I'm going to see y'all in the morning", Wilson said on the video. The deal reportedly came after several days of negotiation.

Russell Wilson just got PAID.

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Following the news, Ciara took to Instagram to share a pic of Wilson in action on the field, along with a sweet caption.

The deal ends the debate about Wilson's future with the Seahawks, although there seemed to be little doubt he would remain in Seattle for a while.

NFL fans awoke Tuesday to the news that there is a new highest paid player in the league.

See more on Wilson and Ciara below. He reached the playoffs in six out of his first seven campaigns including bringing the first championship to the organization by winning one of out two trips to the Super Bowl.

Russell can sleep easy knowing that he's getting paid.

Since being drafted by the Hawks in 2012, the five-time Pro Bowler has led the Hawks to a Super Bowl victory during the 2013 season. He has passed for 25,624 yards with 212 total touchdowns while completing 64.1 percent of his passes. "I'm excited about that", Wilson said.

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