Wagner returning to Seattle? Why not? The main reason he was released this offseason was money, not because he stopped being a good player. Wagner would be right to feel his own disrespect by the Seahawks the way he was released, but this doesn’t mean that a relationship that has been built over 10 seasons isn’t repairable.
Hopefully, Wagner realizes and isn’t looking to be paid anywhere close to the $20 million he would have made in 2022 had he not been released. No team is going to pay him that much or anything close to it. Maybe Seattle could offer him a two- or three-year deal that includes a big signing bonus.
This would be an olive branch from Seattle to Wagner while also giving Wagner some job security. He isn’t going to make the splash impact plays that he used to, at least not as consistently. He will be a 32-year-old linebacker in 2022 and isn’t great in coverage.
But Wagner is still a good fit in Seattle and Jordyn Brooks, Seattle’s new star at linebacker, knows how to play next to him. Cody Barton is younger and faster than Wagner but doesn’t tackle as well. Plus, Wagner is smart and reads plays well. Bringing him back to the Seahawks isn’t a bad idea.