The Seattle Seahawks officially have released Super Bowl winner and All-Pro linebacker Bobby Wagner yesterday evening, per ESPN. Wagner has been the core and centerpiece of that Seahawk defense for 10 seasons now. This split was sudden and pretty shocking to the sports world. However, it seems the Seahawks are rebuilding. So, it only makes sense to release him early before it’s too late.
“This is an extremely difficult day for the organization,” general manager John Schneider said in a statement. “Bobby has been at the center of our defense for the past 10 seasons and always represented our organization with class. He is a special player and person, and we are forever grateful. Bobby will always be a Hawk.”
One would only hope after being in a place for ten years it’d be hard to walk away. Wagner thanked the franchise in a tweet, stating “will forever be my home.”
Ironically, this came a day after future Hall of Famer quarterback Russell Wilson was traded to the Denver Broncos. Undeniably, these are the two franchise cornerstones. They along with the “Legion of Boom” helped shape up dominant culture in Seattle. It’s clear Wagner didn’t seem happy he was traded. He proves to be having discussions with future Hall of Fame cornerback Richard Sherman. On Twitter, Wagner addresses Sherman as a prophet. Later, Wagner’s tweet was followed by an iconic quote from Batman by Sherman.
“You either die a hero or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain” https://t.co/Neavm4L0NV
— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) March 8, 2022
Seattle Seahawks consequences for releasing Wagner
With the release of Wagner, the Seahawks are moving on from longtime defensive captain and arguably one of the most impactful players on this squad.
“Bobby is one of the great Seahawks of all time. His leadership in the community, locker room, and on the field is a tribute to his character and consistency. Bobby set an incredible example for all to follow, and we will continue to follow him all the way to the Hall of Fame,” coach Pete Carroll said in a statement.
However, this move does save nearly $17 million in cap space. While also leaving a gaping whole literally in the middle of your defense. Wagner is becoming a free agent for the first time in his career. Oddly, he will serve as his own agent, which he also did when negotiating his previous deal, three years for $54 million in 2019.
Wagner remains the Seahawks’ all-time tackler leader and earned his eighth Pro Bowl in 10 seasons. The uncertainty of Wagner’s return boiled over into the combine where Carroll left the door open:
“We expect to play with Bobby,” Carroll said. “We love playing with Bobby. He’s been a great player, had another great season. … Bobby’s been such a steady part of it and we’d love to be able to play with him, so we’ll work towards that.”
While Wagner may not be too happy with the decision, he understands its business and has an optimistic point of view on the situation.
“I understand there is a business side to this, but there is a lot of optimism on my end that I’ll be back,” Wagner said in early January. “So I’m not worried about it. Obviously, I can’t control everything. I can only control my part. And my part on this is I feel like I love this city. I love the Seahawks. I always wanted to be a part of a franchise’s good times and bad times and every time. So this is a team that I would love to be able to be a part of for a very, very long time.
“On my end, that’s where I’m at, that I’m a Seahawk until they tell me I’m not. So that’s my mindset. I don’t see it as that was my last game or this next game could be my next game.”