Professional Bowl LB Bobby Wagner reaches five-year take care of Los Angeles Rams; price $50M, per sources
Professional Bowl linebacker Bobby Wagner will probably be staying within the NFC West subsequent season regardless of his launch by the Seattle Seahawks earlier this month.
Wagner agreed to phrases on a five-year contract with the Tremendous Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams, the workforce introduced Thursday.
Monetary phrases weren’t disclosed, however sources informed ESPN’s Adam Schefter the deal is for $50 million and could be price as much as $65 million if Wagner reaches incentives.
It’ll mark a homecoming for Wagner, who was born in Los Angeles and attended highschool in Ontario, California, about 35 miles east of the town. Wagner turns into the most recent big-name participant to affix a star-studded Rams protection that already consists of defensive deal with Aaron Donald and cornerback Jalen Ramsey.
Donald (5), Wagner (4) and Ramsey (three) have all earned not less than three first-team All-Professional picks over the previous 5 seasons. Solely six defensive gamers within the NFL have achieved that feat over that point interval, in line with ESPN Stats & Info analysis.
The Rams had a necessity at one among their inside linebacker spots after they declined to tender Troy Reeder as a restricted free agent.
The Baltimore Ravens additionally had been within the combine to signal Wagner earlier than he determined to signal with the Rams. The Dallas Cowboys additionally had curiosity in Wagner.
Wagner publicly and privately voiced his unhappiness over how the Seahawks dealt with his launch earlier this month. Seahawks normal supervisor John Schneider and coach Pete Carroll expressed their remorse over how they communicated these plans to Wagner.
Wagner, 31, was the final remaining member of the star-studded defenses that led Seattle to its lone world championship and a return journey to Tremendous Bowl XLIX after the 2014 season.
Wagner, the Seahawks’ all-time tackles chief with 1,383, is coming off a 170-tackle season that earned him his eighth Professional Bowl nod in 10 seasons. He posted that non-public finest regardless of lacking all however one snap of the ultimate two video games with a knee sprain.
Whereas Wagner did not make as many influence performs as in a few of his finest seasons, he recorded an interception, a sack, a compelled fumble and 5 passes defended in 2021 en path to a second-team All-Professional choice.
In 2020, Wagner was one among 22 defenders named by the Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame to the All-Decade Group for the 2010s. His Corridor of Fame-worthy résumé additionally consists of six first-team All-Professional picks, two second-team All-Professional picks and eight Professional Bowls nods, tied for second most in franchise historical past.
ESPN’s Brady Henderson contributed to this report.