Pro Bowl trailblazer Bobby Wagner will stay at the NFC West next season despite being released by the Seattle Seahawks earlier this month.
Wagner has agreed to the terms of a five-year contract with Super Bowl champions Los Angeles Rams, the team announced Thursday.
Financial terms were not disclosed, but sources say ESPN’s Adam Schefter the deal is worth $50 million and could be worth as much as $65 million if Wagner hits the incentives.
It will mark a return to the hometown of Wagner, who was born in Los Angeles and attended high school in Ontario, California, about 35 miles east of the city. Wagner becomes the latest big-name player to join a star-studded Rams defence, which includes Aaron Donald and full-back Jalen Ramsey.
The Rams have a need for one of their internal defender positions after they rejected a bid for Troy Reeder as a restricted free agent.
The Baltimore Raven was also present in the signing of Wagner before he decided to sign with the Rams. The Dallas Cowboys were also interested in Wagner.
Wagner publicly and privately expressed his displeasure at the way the Seahawks handled his release earlier this month. Seahawks general manager John Schneider and coach Pete Carroll expressed regret at the way they communicated those plans to Wagner.
Wagner, 31, is the last remaining member of the all-star defense that has led Seattle to its only world championship and return to Super Bowl XLIX after the 2014 season.
Wagner, the Seahawks all-time tackles lead with 1,383, is on a 170 tackle season, earning him his eighth Pro Bowl nod in 10 seasons. He posted that personal best despite missing all but one snap in his last two games with a knee sprain.
While Wagner hasn’t made as many impactful games as in some of his best seasons, he has scored one interception, one tackle, one forced tumbling and five protected passes. defense in 2021 on the way to the second All-Pro team of choice.
In 2020, Wagner was one of 22 defenders to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame by the Pro Football Hall of Fame for the 2010s All Decades. His Hall of Fame-deserving resume also includes six All-time selections. -Pro of the first team, two All-Pro picks of the second team and eight Pro Bowls nods, second in franchise history.
Brady Henderson of ESPN contributed to this report.
https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/33640742/sources-pro-bowl-lb-bobby-wagner-signing-five-year-50-million-deal-los-angeles-rams Pro Bowl LB Bobby Wagner reaches 5-year deal with Los Angeles Rams; worth $50 million, each source