It’s the finish of an period in Seattle. On the identical day the Seahawks pulled the set off on a commerce that despatched quarterback Russell Wilson to the Denver Broncos, Adam Schefter of ESPN stories that the workforce has knowledgeable All-Professional linebacker Bobby Wagner that it’s releasing him. This transfer saves Seattle $16.6 million in opposition to the wage cap whereas additionally permitting Wagner to instantly signal with a brand new workforce earlier than free company begins subsequent week.
Wagner has spent his whole NFL profession with the Seahawks till this level. The previous Utah State product was drafted by the workforce within the second spherical of the 2012 NFL Draft — the identical draft by which the workforce drafted Wilson within the third spherical.
Out of the gate, Wagner proved to be an affect participant for the franchise, as he began in 15 of his 16 video games as a rookie and totaled 140 tackles to go together with two sacks. The next 12 months, he helped lead a dominant Seattle protection — famously referred to as the Legion of Increase — to its first-ever (and solely) Tremendous Bowl title with a dominating 43-8 win over the Denver Broncos. In that recreation, Wagner totaled 10 tackles.
Together with hoisting a Lombardi Trophy whereas donning a Seahawks helmet, Wagner was named a first-team All-Professional six instances and reached the Professional Bowl in eight of his 10 seasons with the workforce. He was additionally named to the NFL 2010s All-Decade Workforce and is broadly thought of one of many best gamers within the franchise’s historical past.
This previous season, Wagner performed in 16 video games and totaled a career-high 170 tackles to go together with 5 move breakups, a compelled fumble, and a sack.
With this launch and the Wilson commerce, Seattle has moved on from its two longest-tenured gamers on the identical day.