In February of 2022, the Seattle Seahawks found themselves featured in many trade rumors surrounding Russell Wilson. On March 8th, the Seahawks officially agreed upon sending Russell Wilson to the Broncos in return for picks and players. But, the more shocking news came shortly after the trade made headlines.
The Seattle Seahawks decided to part ways with MLB Bobby Wagner. A move that came as a necessity at the time, but didn’t make it any easier to cope with. Well, nearly a year later, the Seahawks are in a prime position to reunite with the former All-Pro. It was just announced moments ago that Bobby Wagner and the Rams mutually agreed to part ways. He will officially hit the free agency market at the start of the new year, March 15, 2023.
It is ironic that a year removed from releasing Bobby Wagner, the Seattle Seahawks find themselves in need of a linebacker. With Cody Barton set to be an unrestricted free agent and Jordyn Brooks rehabbing from a torn ACL, the linebacker position gets added to the list of needs for this Seahawks team.
Why the Seattle Seahawks should re-sign Bobby Wagner
A reunion between Bobby Wagner and the Seahawks seems beneficial to both. To be honest, his being released by the Rams didn’t come as a surprise. Los Angeles currently sits in cap hell and Wagner will serve as one of the many cap causalities this offseason. According to Spotrac, Bobby Wagner was set to make $7.5M in 2023. A number that certainly seems plausible given that Wagner is still on top of his game.
However, after resigning Phil Haynes, Nick Bellore and knowing that Geno Smith is going to get $32M at the bare minimum, Seattle may not be able to afford Wagner. Cutting Gabe Jackson could save around $6.5M in cap space for the Seahawks and maybe since Wagner is aging, he would take less money. It is being reported that he wants to go to a contender. But, based on the trajectory of this Seattle franchise, if they are able to piece together another nice draft, who says they aren’t contenders?
Bobby Wagner kept it no secret that he wanted to remain in Seattle. He was quite hurt when he found out about his release. But, he does understand the business aspect of the NFL and I don’t think he would garnish any ill will against Seattle in declining to return. Seattle feels like home for Bobby. Pete Carroll was very apologetic for the way things went down last year primarily out of respect that he and the rest of upper management have for Wagner.
Since the news broke, one Seahawk, in particular, has wasted no time in trying to recruit Wagner back home.
I’m certain other Seahawks, notably, DK Metcalf, will chime in and have some fun with this news. Bobby has a lot of good relationships in the locker room with current players and it sure would be awesome to see him come back and help this Seahawks team get back on top.