Bobby Wagner admits his future with Seahawks is uncertain

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Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner has been one of the best players in team history. In 10 seasons, Wagner is an eight-time Pro Bowler, a six-time All-Pro and a Super Bowl champion.

It seems only right that Wagner retires with the Seahawks without playing for another team. But that’s not how the NFL works these days.

Wagner’s $20.35 million cap hit for 2022 combined with a potential rebuild in Seattle has Wagner’s future in doubt.

That means Sunday could be Wagner’s final home game at Lumen Field.

You think about it,” Wagner said Wednesday, via Brady Henderson of ESPN. “You think about what the next year looks like and what the future holds because this was a season that I don’t think we all planned for. We didn’t plan for the season to go this way, so obviously there’s going to be some changes and whether or not I’m part of those changes, I don’t know.”

The Seahawks could save $16.6 million against their 2022 salary cap by cutting Wagner, who serves as his own agent, and he would count only $3.75 million in dead money.

Wagner, 31, is as productive as ever. Although tackles are not an official NFL statistic, Wagner leads with 170. That betters the franchise record he set in 2016.

He is not considering retirement.

“I feel like I’ve got a lot of room to grow as a player, to grow as a leader,” Wagner said. “I feel like there’s a lot of new technology that’s going to let me play a little bit longer, so I’m excited to dive into [that] stuff, and I think we’ll see how it works out.”

9 responses to “Bobby Wagner admits his future with Seahawks is uncertain

  1. His future is not uncertain, he will not be on the roster next year at 20 million it’s either renogatiate to 10 million max or get cut or traded.

  2. If he retired right now, he’d be a first ballot Hall of Fame Linebacker. Hopefully he’ll continue to play for Seattle for a few more years and break several more records for a defensive player. I hope they’re able to figure out the cap/contract situation and keep him until he retires, having played his entire career for the Hawks.

  3. Wagner’s as productive as ever? Sure, if you only look at the stat sheet and then only look at tackle numbers on that stat sheet. He has 3 tackles for loss in 15 games. The majority of his tackles take place after the offense has picked up 7+ yards. I love Bobby, have his jersey, he’s one of the best Seahawks to ever play. But that doesn’t mean that we can’t call out that father time has caught up and he’s lost more than a step. Ton of tackles, but it wouldn’t surprise anyone paying attention if he’s set an NFL record this year for number of tackles made after the offense has picked up a first down. He just doesn’t make plays at the LOS anymore. To pay $20+mil for his level of play next year might be dumber than the Jamal Adams trade and sign. He’ll either have to restructure that contract or he’ll be cut – because nobody is going to trade for him with that contract attached.

  4. He’s not the only one facing an uncertain future. The Seabags are facing an uncertain future. Overpaid Russ will probably be gone. Another year or two like this and both Carroll and Schneider will be gone as well.

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