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Russell Wilson tweets he has new deal with Seattle Seahawks

16 April 2019

The Seattle Seahawks did not cave to the demands of the Super Bowl-winning quarterback and there is no contract extension in place.

In classic Wilson form, he was the first to break the news.

Certainly, Seattle would use the franchise tag to secure Wilson's rights, keeping him from hitting free agency.

The Seahawks have not officially made an announcement. After that extension, Wilson said he would have tabled contract talks and played out the final year of his rookie contract had the two sides not met the deadline.

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As for Wilson, rumors continued to swirl Monday about his future, and as is often the case in a high-level negotiation in which no one on either side is saying anything publicly, some of it was conflicting.

That response glosses over the more fundamental question of whether Wilson would like for the Seahawks to let him get away.

The answer to that question won't be known unless and until the Seahawks and Wilson fail to work out a contract before Wilson's stated deadline of April 15, and whether the Seahawks would at some point explore the possibility of trading Wilson elsewhere.

The 30-year-old's old average annual salary - $21.9 million - had put him at 12th in the National Football League for quarterbacks.

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Without disclosing the terms, Wilson shared the news in the form of a video with wife, Ciara.

Wilson said recently that his next contract could make him the NFL's highest-paid player.

The nine ERFAs kept in the fold are: linebackers Austin Calitro and Emmanuel Ellerbee, center Joey Hunt, defensive end Branden Jackson, safetey Shalom Luani, running back J.D. McKissic, snapper Tyler Ott, cornerback Kalan Reed and guard Jordan Simmons.

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Russell Wilson tweets he has new deal with Seattle Seahawks