The Seattle Seahawks have reached an agreement for a new deal with quarterback Russell Wilson, ending the New York Giants trade speculation.
Wilson recently gave the Seahawks an April 15 deadline to come to an agreement with him regarding a new contract. If the deadline wasn’t met, Wilson wouldn’t be committing to Seattle for the long-term. That brought about much speculation that the Giants could trade for him.
Kansas City Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu even got in the mix of the whole situation, saying Wilson wanted to be in New York.
Russ wants New York. But you ain’t heard that from T.. https://t.co/AWGBUAjaWj
— Tyrann Mathieu (@Mathieu_Era) April 14, 2019
Right before 12:00 a.m. PT on the night of April 15, Wilson and the Seahawks finally reached a deal. Per Adam Schefter of ESPN, the deal makes Wilson the highest-paid player in the NFL.
Russell Wilson and the Seahawks reached agreement on a 4-year, $140 million in new money extension that includes a $65 million signing bonus, per source. https://t.co/SgsxgNIqli
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 16, 2019
Wilson was the first to break the news. Very early Tuesday morning, Wilson posted a video on Twitter announcing the news with his wife, singer Ciara.
— Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) April 16, 2019
Yes, it’s disappointing for Giants fans. The glimmer of hope that Big Blue would be able to snag Wilson and have him play with running back Saquon Barkley and wide receivers Golden Tate and Sterling Shepard was unmatched.
It was such a good scenario to ponder that most Giants fans probably would’ve given up their two first-round picks in the trade for Wilson. Now, it can only live on as a dream.
But don’t worry, the draft is still coming up. With quarterbacks like Ohio State Dwayne Haskins, Duke Daniel Jones, and Missouri Drew Lock, the Giants can still acquire their quarterback of the future this offseason. Whomever they may select won’t be like Wilson right away, but they’ll be seven to eight years younger than him, so that’s a start.
The NFL draft begins Thursday, April 25.