Seahawks and Wagner agree to three-year extension
The Seattle Seahawks have signed Bobby Wagner to a three-year contract extension, the NFL franchise announced on Friday.
Seahawks linebacker Wagner – a Super Bowl champion and five-time Pro Bowler – and his new deal is reportedly worth $54million.
Wagner is entering his eighth season, all spent with Seattle, after being selected as the 47th overall pick in the 2012 draft.
"I'm really excited to have this done, excited that I get to be a Seahawk for a long, long time. Like I've always said, I want to play my entire career here, and I feel like today is a step toward that," Wagner said.
"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."
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The 29-year-old immediately had a starting role with the team and has been remarkably consistent and healthy playing 14 or more games in five of seven seasons with the Seahawks and all 16 during three of those years.
Wagner has been trending up since career years in 2016 (where he recorded 168 total tackles) and 2017 (when he finished with 97 solo tackles).
This past season, Wagner tallied 138 total tackles, eight quarterback hits, two forced fumbles and one interception which he returned for a touchdown.
"He deserves to be the highest-paid linebacker. Ain't nobody better than him in the game and that's just the honest truth," Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson told reporters after practice on Friday.