Seahawks regret how Bobby Wagner learned of his release

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The Seahawks publicly apologized to Bobby Wagner on Wednesday, expressing regret for the way they handled the linebacker’s release last week.

Wagner took to social media Friday to complain about how he learned of his release: “Crazy part about all this. I played there for 10 years & I didn’t even hear it from them that I wasn’t coming back,” Wagner tweeted.

“Yeah, that’s on me. I own that,” General Manager John Schneider said, via Brady Henderson of ESPN.

Carroll interjected to take the blame himself, but Schneider wouldn’t hear of it.

“No, it really is [on me],” Schneider said. “I wish I could have handled things better in that regard from a communication standpoint. I owe it to him. The organization owes it to him.”

Wagner had already heard of the plan for the Seahawks to release him before they called him. He’s now a free agent after 10 seasons, a Super Bowl title, eight Pro Bowls and six All-Pros.

Wagner serves as his own agent, which, according to Schneider, was a complicating factor. Former Seahawks Richard Sherman and Russell Okung also represented themselves.

“It’s always somewhat awkward when a player represents himself,” Schneider said. “We’ve had some very high-profile individuals represent themselves here, and you never know exactly what’s going to happen at the end of the day. So to approach somebody and say, ‘There may be a possible trade. Would you consider this?’ And then that player comes back to you, that’s not a good situation. So from a timing standpoint, I wish I would have handled things differently.”

10 responses to “Seahawks regret how Bobby Wagner learned of his release

  1. Sounds like a lot of arrogance & hubris going on in the Seattle front office.
    Don’t know how a player representing himself makes things more complicated. It should make things easier. There’s no chance of anything getting lost in translation. Unless of course the front office is just full of crap.

  2. Regardless on whether the player has an agent or not, they deserve to be contacted as soon as a final decision was made & before the plug is pulled. Having that middleman actually works against that, it would seem. Glad the Seahawks are apologizing & understand their error.

  3. Seattle is a soap opera of drama. Have fun with Geno and being bottom of division for years to come.

  4. I love organizations that treat their employees right.. And when you have a couple of franchise icons moving on – show some class. No excuses, take the high road publicly at least!

  5. The Seahawks are showing a surprising lack of class in how they are dealing with the departures of two such great stars, both central to their most successful spell on the field ever.
    Classy organisations list the achievements of their great ones and thank them when its time to move on or retire.
    Thought the team was better than this…

  6. Why should it really matter to the GM that a player represents himself? Are they counting on the agent to hide information from the player? That’s a weak excuse.

  7. Why apologize as a team? Players have been signalling their options for years now. They are the ones who divorce by tweet. It is great this fool was done the same way.

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