The when not if conundrum was finally put to rest early Friday evening when the Seattle Seahawks made All-Pro linebacker Bobby Wagner the highest inside linebacker in the NFL by agreeing to a three-year extension worth $54 million with $40.2 million of the contract guaranteed. Wagner was on the last year of his 2015 contract extension that had his yearly salary at $10.75.
The new deal will give Wagner a yearly salary of $18 million and as expected tops the $17 million average that C.J. Mosley got as a free agent after signing with the New York Jets. While some eyebrows were raised when Wagner announced he would negotiate his own contract, it was a foregone conclusion he would re-sign given his stellar career with the Seahawks, five-time consecutive Pro Bowl selections and All-Pro selection it was always a foregone conclusion that he would sign with the Seahawks.
Wagner reciprocated the love through a statement.
“I’m really excited to have this done, excited that I get to be a Seahawk for a long, long time,” Wagner said in a statement. “Like I’ve always said, I want to play my entire career here, and I feel like today is a step toward that. It feels amazing being here. I’ve watched people stay, I’ve watched people go, and to have the trust from the organization to continue to let me lead this team, lead the defense, it’s a great feeling. I’m excited to get back to work.”
Wagner was fourth in tackles last year with 138 and managed just one missed tackle and recorded a 98 pick-six against the San Francisco 49ers. Wagner has topped 100 tackles every season since Seattle drafted him in the second round in 2012, and according to ESPN charting, he leads the NFL in tackles over the past five seasons with 656.
Wagner sat out the Seahawks first two days of training and will be back practicing on Sunday when the resumes training a camp after taking a rest day on Saturday.