Commanders Make Major Move: Signing Star LB Bobby Wagner

GLENDALE, ARIZONA – JANUARY 07: Linebacker Bobby Wagner #54 of the Seattle Seahawks during the second half of the NFL game at State Farm Stadium on January 07, 2024 in Glendale, Arizona. The Seahawks defeated the Cardinals 21-20.

The Washington Commanders have made a significant addition to their defense, signing eight-time Pro Bowl linebacker Bobby Wagner on Wednesday.

Washington has recently acquired Wagner, adding to their defensive lineup in an effort to strengthen a group that struggled in terms of points and yards allowed last season.

Bobby Wagner Signs One-Year Deal with Washington

Wagner has reportedly agreed to a one-year contract worth up to $8.5 million, with $6 million in guarantees.

Washington has recently acquired three new defensive ends, Dorance Armstrong, Dante Fowler Jr., and Clelin Ferrell, along with linebacker Frankie Luvu and safety Jeremy Chinn.

The coaching staff in Washington maintains significant ties to Wagner. 

Head coach Dan Quinn served as his coordinator in Seattle for a period of two years, whereas linebackers coach Ken Norton Jr. held the same role during Wagner’s tenure with the Seahawks for four seasons.

Wagner Shines in Stellar Seahawks Season

Wagner, a highly accomplished inside linebacker, had an exceptional season for the Seattle Seahawks. 

He played in every game and set a new career best with an impressive 183 tackles, the highest in the NFL.

Wagner, 33, recorded 3.5 sacks, 11 tackles for loss, 6 QB hits, and 3 passes defensed throughout the entire season.

In January, Wagner expressed his strong commitment to playing in 2024, marking his 13th NFL season.

Selected by Seattle in the second round of the 2012 draft from Utah State, Wagner played a crucial role in the dominant “Legion of Boom” defense that propelled the Seahawks to a Super Bowl victory in XLVIII and came close to repeating the following year in XLIX. 

Throughout his initial 10 seasons in Seattle, he achieved an impressive record, earning eight consecutive Pro Bowl selections and being recognized as a first-team All-Pro on six occasions.

He holds the record for the most tackles in Seahawks history.

Following his departure from the Seahawks, Wagner joined the Los Angeles Rams for the 2022 season. 

However, he and the team decided to part ways at the end of the season. 

He came back to Seattle on a one-year contract worth $5.5 million, with an extra $750,000 earned for making the Pro Bowl, his 11th career selection.

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