According to Ian Rapaport of NFL.com, the Seattle Seahawks have agreed to another contract extension which lets the organization keep another key piece in the Emerald City for the long term, and maintain their strong defensive core which is one of the best in the NFL. Last season, the Seattle Seahawks were 6th in yards given up per game, at 348.3.
Draft, develop and pay to keep the core. Key to any good team.— Pete Prisco (@PriscoCBS) August 2, 2015
The speed allows Wagner and Wright to cover so much ground. Big key to that defense.— Pete Prisco (@PriscoCBS) August 2, 2015
Rapaport reports that the Seattle Seahawks have agreed to terms on an extension with inside linebacker, Bobby Wagner. According to NFL Media’s Rand Getlin, the deal agreed upon will keep Wagner in Seattle for four extra years. Now two of the Seattle Seahawks’ pending free agents (Wilson, Wagner) are no longer in that position.
Talking to coaches and personnel men, they all say Bennett and Wagner are real key to that defense— Pete Prisco (@PriscoCBS) August 2, 2015
Wagner, 25, received his first All-Pro selection in 2014 despite missing five games early in the season due to a turf toe injury. The former 2012 second-round pick out of Utah State University was set to make only $977,427 in the final year of his rookie deal, but obviously he has proven his worth to the Seattle Seahawks in his three seasons with the team. In each of those three seasons, Wagner has produced more than 100 tackles from the middle linebacker position.
Amazingly, Wagner recorded 104 tackles and two sacks in just 11 games with the Seattle Seahawks.
Expected to sign tonight, source confirms. https://t.co/cUUSuKS67r— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) August 2, 2015
With this extension, Wagner will remain with the Seattle Seahawks through the 2019 season. Seahawks general manager John Schneider has done a brilliant job in keeping the following list of players under contract for at least the next three seasons: Russell Wilson, Jimmy Graham, Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor, K.J. Wright, Michael Bennett, Cliff Avril, and Marshawn Lynch. That is one ridiculous core of players, giving the Seattle Seahawks a chance at competing in the Super Bowl for many years to come.
Bobby Wagner is so good. The Seahawks do a great job keeping their own. John Schneider is damn good.— Pete Prisco (@PriscoCBS) August 2, 2015
Bobby Wagner re-ups with Seattle through '19. Their core group signed through at least 2017 is insane http://t.co/iebitiBAhr— Gregg Rosenthal (@greggrosenthal) August 2, 2015
Bobby Wagner will receive $43 million ($22 million guaranteed) over that four-year period. This extension makes him the highest-paid inside linebacker in the National Football League. One problem remains: now there is less money to give to other of the Seattle Seahawks’ important pieces, like Kam Chancellor, who is currently holding out.
What do you think of the Seattle Seahawks’ contract extenstion given to middle linebacker Bobby Wagner? Do you think the Seattle Seahawks will make additional moves before the NFL season gets underway? Finally, how do you think the Seattle Seahawks will fare this season after losing to the New England Patriots in the 2015 Super Bowl in heartbreaking fashion?
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