Report: Seahawks cut off veteran LB Bobby Wagner

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FILE PHOTO: October 3, 2019; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks middle linebacker Bobby Wagner (54) after a teammate’s fumble recovery against the Los Angeles Rams in the second quarter at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

March 9, 2022

Hours after the Seattle Seahawks ousted their longtime offensive leader, news broke of the imminent departure of their most decorated defensive player.

After Seattle dealt out nine-time Pro Bowl quarterback Russell Wilson in the afternoon, multiple outlets reported Tuesday night that the team plans to release eight-time Pro Bowl linebacker and defensive captain Bobby Wagner as part of a cost-cutting deal.

The Seahawks, who started the day with more than $30 million in projected salary cap space for next season, will make $16.6 million in cap savings by cutting Wagner — with Seattle suffered a $20.4 million cap hit with $3.8 million in dead money.

Wagner, who along with Wilson were the last two remaining Seahawks to play in their Super Bowl XLVIII win that capped the 2013 season, is coming off a year in which he had a career-high 170 tackles. The 10-year veteran added a sack, an interception and a forced fumble in 16 starts.

Wagner, who turns 32 this summer, will go free after an MCL and PCL sprain in Week 17 against the Detroit Lions, though he is expected to be healthy for the 2022 regular season.

Drafting the Utah State product in the second round in 2012, a round ahead of Wilson, the Seahawks embarked on a winning streak of nine straight winning seasons until Seattle fell to 7-10 in 2021.

Wagner thrived as part of Seattle’s “Legion of Boom” defense, leading the league twice (2016, 2019) and amassed 161 more tackles than any other NFL player in the last 10 seasons.

During his career, Wagner has 1,383 tackles, 23.5 sacks, 11 interceptions and four defensive touchdowns in 151 games (150 starts).

–Field level media Report: Seahawks cut off veteran LB Bobby Wagner


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