Russell Wilson says agreeing on a no-trade clause helped finalize his contract extension with the Seattle Seahawks this week.
"We talked about the idea of a no-trade clause just because we really wanted to be here," Wilson said. "That was the thing we were really excited about and that's kind of what sealed the deal for us."
Wilson agreed to a four-year, $140 million deal that makes him the highest-paid player in NFL history. It includes $107 million in guarantees, according to a source.
Wilson called Seattle "a special place" and "home for us" as he shot down the rumors that had surfaced while his future was in apparent limbo that he wanted to play elsewhere.
"The guys I've always admired in sports, the guys that played at [their] locations for 15 to 20 years, guys like Derek Jeter, I want to be like that," Wilson said. "I want to be remembered in that sense of what we want to do here in Seattle. So, we're just getting started."