Bobby Wagner “preparing like this is my last year” in Seattle

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The track record for Seahawks players negotiating their own deals with the team isn’t a good one.

But linebacker Bobby Wagner has said all the right things about wanting to stay, in the situation where Richard Sherman and Russell Okung found themselves as former Seahawks.

Wagner told Omar Ruiz of NFL Network that he hasn’t yet opened serious negotiations on a new deal.

“I want to retire a Seahawk, but I understand it’s a business,” Wagner said. “I’m preparing like this is my last year as a Seahawk. If it is, I want to make sure I go out with a bang and make sure I give the city something to remember.”

The 28-year-old Wagner is entering the final year of his deal, and working something out will be easier with Frank Clark out of the way. But until he actually works out a deal, it’s reasonable to wonder if he will.

23 responses to “Bobby Wagner “preparing like this is my last year” in Seattle

  1. if they resign Wagner will be in that 16 -18 M a year range and after Wilson ?Ziggy wont be in Seattle then because the $$ are running out . Good luck at DE.

  2. He’s the heart of that defense, and is still one of the top MLBs in the league. I mean, every year for last few, you could make the argument for him being the best and it’d be a respectable one. 28 is older but it’s not old just yet. Some of the greats at the position have played productively into their 30s, and I would be surprised to see Wagner do the same. He’s one of the guys you hold on to-most of the time a guy that athletic doesn’t have his smarts and leadership qualities.

    Looking around, we only see a few have every quality maxed out-Luke Kuechly might be the only one. Dontae Hightower maybe. You keep those kind of guys.

  3. One problem with a player repping himself is he hears things during the negotiations that are less than complimentary and tend to make him think the team doesn’t love him as much as they should or he thought they did. Gets emotional real easy. A professional agent shields a player from these unpleasantries. It’s easier if the player is negotiating with a new team.

    But take Okung, for example. When it came time to do another deal, he couldn’t make it work with Denver. These guys may think they make out better by avoiding paying an agent but I doubt the most of them, if any, actually do.

  4. Wagner will be 29 next month, and will be 30 next summer when his contract is up next year.
    How many great years does he have left?
    How many good ones?
    Sure I’d want him, but not at some astronomical price.
    Either trade him, reach a deal now, or else tag him next year and let him walk.

  5. If Wags would just sign a 3 year 38 million extension it would get done tomorrow. The problem is….players usually want to be compensated for their past years of service with their team rather than the reality of what the future years being negotiated are worth.

  6. joe zadorecky says:
    if they resign Wagner will be in that 16 -18 M a year range and after Wilson ?Ziggy wont be in Seattle then because the $$ are running out . Good luck at DE.
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    They have $107 million to spend over the next two years. They can have any players they want.

  7. El Guapo says:
    The rebuild has started. Tanking in 2020!
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    You said that last year. They went 10-6 (really 11-5) and made the playoffs. They’ll be better this. The rebuild is almost completed.

  8. seahawkboymike says:
    May 4, 2019 at 6:20 pm
    El Guapo says:
    The rebuild has started. Tanking in 2020!
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    You said that last year. They went 10-6 (really 11-5) and made the playoffs. They’ll be better this. The rebuild is almost completed.
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    In El Guapo’s defense, I’m sure he’s talking about his Cardinals.

  9. You pay your leaders, that’s why earl, sherm, and okung weren’t paid. And that’s why they paid Russ and will pay Bobby. Cut the fat, keep the meat…

  10. Wagner’s going to be a Seahawk for his entire career. This guy has been the heart and soul of the defense since he’s been here, and all through the LOB era. He’s been one of the absolute best in his position, over the past six years. He’ll get paid, and stay here until he’s done playing.

  11. Wagner is saying everything he needs to demonstrate that his intentions are to be a Seahawk. The Seahawks want him to remain an intricate part of the team. Cap space isn’t an issue. It seems destined to happen. I hope it gets done soon so everyone can chill. If not, we will just have to wait until it plays out. We know he will be here this coming season and next under the tag. Not ideal, but still better than losing him. Go Hawks!!

  12. BelgiumHawk says:
    May 4, 2019 at 4:36 pm

    Seattle trades frank Clark so they could pay Wagner and Reed plus some free agents. Not to worry Bobby your staying at home!
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    Perhaps, but one could also said they traded Clark to extend Wilson.

    If Moseley could get 17.5 mill per year, Wagner is getting over 18 per, maybe near 20.

  13. Seattle has 25M left with the 14.5M cap hit on Wagner. They are fine with cap space.
    ……….They have $107 million to spend over the next two years. They can have any players they want…ok and add in about 8 M or so for draft picks and then and no way 14.5 does it!16.5 maybe !They have 25 M left to cap …OK if you think so ….

  14. jmc8888 says:

    May 4, 2019 at 8:49 pm

    BelgiumHawk says:
    May 4, 2019 at 4:36 pm

    Seattle trades frank Clark so they could pay Wagner and Reed plus some free agents. Not to worry Bobby your staying at home!
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    Perhaps, but one could also said they traded Clark to extend Wilson.

    If Moseley could get 17.5 mill per year, Wagner is getting over 18 per, maybe near 20.
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    They traded Clark after they extended Wilson and only traded clark because KC offered them a deal they couldn’t refuse and were offering Frank clark a contract too rich for the Seahawks pocketbook. They had every intention on keeping Wilson, Wagner, and Clark but once KC made that offer to make Clark the next 100million dollar man it was too rich.

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