Seahawks, Russell Wilson agree to 4-year deal

After months of speculation, the Seahawks locked up franchise quarterback Russell Wilson with a four-year extension Friday as the team kicked off training camp. The deal - the biggest in franchise history and one of the richest in the NFL - allows general manager John Schneider and Co. to focus on other players with expiring contracts while head coach Pete Carroll and his staff work on the field.

According to multiple reports, the Seahawks and Russell Wilson have reached an agreement on a long-term deal that will keep the young franchise quarterback in Seattle until at least 2019.

While full details of the agreement have not yet been released, early speculation has Wilson earning $87.6 million over four years, making him not only the richest player in franchise history but also one of the highest paid players in all of the NFL, as SeahawkFootball.com predicted months ago.

The extension is a huge accomplishment for both Seahawks general manager John Schneider and Wilson's agent, Mark Rodgers. Each deserve plenty of credit for getting it done amid rampant media speculation as a self-imposed "deadline" prior to Friday's kickoff of training camp began.

By locking up Wilson long-term, Schneider can now focus on the 32 "other" pending free agents on the roster, including projected starters on the league's top-ranked defense in Pro Bowl middle linebacker Bobby Wagner, Bruce Irvin (outside linebacker) and Brandon Mebane (defensive tackle) as well as three-fifths of Seattle's starting offensive line in J.R. Sweezy (right guard), Alvin Bailey (left guard) and the only two centers on the roster with any starting experience, Lemuel Jeanpiere and Patrick Lewis.

For full analysis of Wilson's new deal as well as how it will impact other pending free agents (and those with bloated contracts who may be asked to re-negotiate in the future), keep checking SeahawkFootball.com.

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