Thiel: Best things about Wilson's deal, and worst

Since being selected by the Hawks in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft, Wilson has gone on to prove himself as a valuable team player.

With help from his agent, Mark Rodgers, negotiations lasted four days and resulted in a four-year contract extension worth $140 million, with a $65 million signing bonus.

Wilson, 30, has been remarkably durable, starting every game of his National Football League career, a seven-season stretch in which the Seahawks have made the playoffs six times, won three division titles, two NFC championships and one Super Bowl. Luckily for Wilson and the Seahawks, both parties agreed to a deal right at the deadline last night.

There are no workarounds for the facts that Wilson has the most wins by a quarterback in his first seven seasons in NFL history, and that his career QB rating of 100.3 is second in league annals only to Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers, who is 35.

But all that talk will surely go up in flames on Tuesday as Wilson has reportedly announced via Twitter that he and the Seahawks have reached a contract extension. "Time for y'all to go to bed", Wilson said.

This deal came literally at the last minute. No other quarterback tops $30 million per year, which is probably the baseline for any deal Goff signs.

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As you all know, I said it would be insanely stupid if the Seahawks didn't lock up Wilson for a long time.

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.

When Goff signs his extension, it's possible Wilson won't still be the highest-paid quarterback.

The 5-foot-11 Wilson threw for a career-high 35 touchdowns and matched his career low with seven interceptions. Seahawks fans can also breathe a sigh of relief now as their Super Bowl-winning quarterback is locked up for at least five more seasons. The Lions have been adamant that they haven't supported Stafford enough in recent seasons and have made this offseason about changing that, starting with hiring a new offensive coordinator in Darrell Bevell, who was Wilson's play caller in Seattle.

Beyond that, Wilson will have the time and space to augment his already special place in the Seattle sports stratosphere. He has started all 112 games he has played for the Seahawks.

  • Lawrence Cooper