Free Agent LB Bobby Wagner Comments On Release From Seahawks
SALT LAKE CITY – Ex-Seattle Seahawks and current free agent linebacker Bobby Wagner commented on his release days after getting let go by the only NFL team he’s played for.
The former Utah State standout was released by Seattle on Tuesday, March 8. The move was seen as a money-saving, salary cap-related transaction.
According to ESPN, the linebacker was slated to count more than $20 million towards Seattle’s salary cap in 2022 and none of his money was guaranteed.
Shortly after his release, Wagner shared gratitude for his time with the Seahawks.
“Thank you Seattle for everything. It will forever be my home,” the eight-time Pro Bowler tweeted.
Thank you Seattle for everything. It will forever be my home.
— Bobby Wagner (@Bwagz) March 9, 2022
Two days later, Wagner further commented on his release and mentioned that he wasn’t informed of the decision by the Seahawks organization.
“Crazy part about all this. I played there for 10 years & I didn’t even hear it from them that I wasn’t coming back,” Wagner posted on Twitter.
Crazy part about all this. I played there for 10 years & I didn’t even hear it from them that I wasn’t coming back.
— Bobby Wagner (@Bwagz) March 11, 2022
A day before reports of his release surfaced, Wagner tweeted about his former teammate Richard Sherman, “Sherm a prophet.”
Sherman, a former Seahawks star and current member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, was released by Seattle a few seasons ago in a similar fashion.
Wagner’s former teammate responded with a quote from the movie, “The Dark Knight.”
“You either die a hero or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain,” Sherman tweeted.
“You either die a hero or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain” https://t.co/Neavm4L0NV
— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) March 8, 2022
Teams Interested in Bobby Wagner
Since his release, a significant market of teams has developed for Wagner, according to Jordan Schultz.
Some of the teams reportedly interested in adding the All-Pro linebacker via free agency include:
- Miami Dolphins
- Baltimore Ravens
- Los Angeles Chargers
- Denver Broncos
- Los Angeles Rams
- Arizona Cardinals
- San Francisco 49ers
- Dallas Cowboys
- Pittsburgh Steelers
A league source just told me the #Steelers are also interested in Bobby Wagner. Add another AFC team with $30M in cap to the list of potential suitors.
— Jordan Schultz (@Schultz_Report) March 10, 2022
Source: #Cowboys have contacted free-agent linebacker Bobby Wagner and expressed their interest in having him play for DC Dan Quinn, who coached him in Seattle. Whether the financial components work out is yet to be determined. The two will keep in contact next few days.
— Ed Werder (@WerderEdESPN) March 11, 2022
About Bobby Wagner
The former USU standout was selected to his eighth consecutive Pro Bowl in 2021.
This season, Wagner recorded 170 total tackles, 93 solo tackles, one sack, one forced fumble, one interception, and five pass breakups.
During his 10-year career, Wagner has posted 1,383 total tackles, 818 solo tackles, 23.5 sacks, six forced fumbles, nine fumble recoveries, 11 interceptions, 60 pass breakups, and one touchdown in 150 games.
Wagner helped Seattle win Super Bowl XLVIII in 2013.
The Seahawks missed the postseason with a 7-10 record in 2021.
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