When it comes to the Seattle Seahawks, it's hard not to think of interior linebacker Bobby Wagner. He's been a part of the organization since Seattle drafted him 47th overall at the 2012 NFL Draft, but his future with the team has been up in the air.
With fans wondering if Wagner's time in Seattle has come to an end, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll addressed his key defender's future on Wednesday.
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Carroll said that Wagner has "been such a steady part" of the Seahawks lately and that the organization would "love to be able to play with him." He further added that Seattle will work towards bringing the 31-year-old back for the 2022 NFL season.
"We expect to play with Bobby. We love playing with Bobby. He’s been a great player and had another great season."- Pete Carroll
An eight-time Pro-Bowler, Wagner was, once again, effective last season. He finished second on the Seahawks with 170 tackles, recording five defended passes, an interception and a sack as well. His efforts resulted in him being named second-team All-Pro, marking his eighth consecutive season earning All-Pro honors.
Having said that, the Seahawks could be due for a retool after missing the playoffs with a 7-10 record. Seattle can save $16.6 million by cutting Wagner this offseason, which would give them about $52 million to pursue some of the top free agents.
At the end of the day, Wagner has been nothing but loyal to the Seahawks, so it makes sense that both sides want to see him play out the rest of his contract in Seattle. Besides, he can still compete at a high level, which is what the team needs if they want to compete for a championship next year.
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