Bobby Wagner: Ranking 4 Best Landing Spots for Former Seahawks All-Pro

It’s officially the end of an era. The Seattle Seahawks are releasing Bobby Wagner after 10 hard-fought seasons with the franchise. Wagner has been a model of consistency since entering the NFL in 2012. Unfortunately, the front office didn’t believe he should be part of its plans moving forward.

Wagner racked up 1,383 tackles, 68 tackles for loss, 23.5 sacks, 11 interceptions, and six forced fumbles in his tenure with Seattle. He’s 31 years old but still has plenty of juice left in the tank. Pro Football Focus gave him a grade of 71.8 for the 2021 season.

The six-time All-Pro middle linebacker will become an unrestricted free agent, meaning he’s free to sign with any team. These four squads could be in the market for Bobby Wagner in free agency.

Former Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner walks off field after a game
Bobby Wagner of the Seattle Seahawks reacts after game against the Philadelphia Eagles | Kyle Ross/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

4. New England Patriots

The New England Patriots are always looking to add veteran talent, and going after Bobby Wagner makes a lot of sense. Dont’a Hightower and Ja’Whaun Bentley are both testing free agency, which means the front office should start searching for linebacker help.

Wagner is coming off a season where he recorded 170 tackles, so production clearly won’t be an issue. The Utah State product could significantly boost a unit that was already dominant in 2021. New England boasted the league’s second-ranked defense. The unit allowed 310.8 yards and 17.8 points per game.

Patriots star pass rusher Matthew Judon took to Twitter to start recruiting the former Seahawks linebacker. If the front office could land Wagner, it would be a massive get for Bill Belichick and company.

3. Baltimore Ravens

The Seahawks couldn’t have released Bobby Wagner at a better time for the Baltimore Ravens. John Harbaugh’s squad is desperate for help in the middle of its defense. Baltimore recently replaced former defensive coordinator Wink Martindale with Mike Macdonald, who helped transform Michigan’s defense in one year.

Surely, Macdonald would be thrilled to add the eight-time Pro Bowler to the fold. Patrick Queen has made strides, but he still has another gear he could tap into heading into year three. Playing alongside a veteran like Wagner might do wonders for his career. The Seahawks great would also be a significant upgrade over either Josh Bynes or Malik Harrison.

The Ravens had a down year in 2021, mainly due to injuries. Expect this team to be hungry for a rebound during the 2022 season. The defense took a step back, but inserting Bobby Wagner would be a massive step in the right direction for a team looking to contend.

2. Los Angeles Chargers

The Los Angeles Chargers are in an excellent position to make a run at Bobby Wagner in free agency. They have $57.5 million in salary-cap space, which is the most of any NFL team. If the Seahawks star is looking for a considerable payday, LA certainly has the capital to make that happen.

The move also makes plenty of sense from a football perspective. The Chargers struggled defensively in 2021, especially at stopping the run. They gave up 138.8 rushing yards per game, the third-most in the league. LA also surrendered 22 touchdowns on the ground.

Kyzir White is an unrestricted free agent. Second-year linebacker Kenneth Murray Jr. struggled mightily, so Brandon Staley’s squad could use some reinforcements. The Chargers have plenty of promising players on that side of the ball, but they need more veteran leadership. Bobby Wagner fits that bill.

1. Denver Broncos

The Denver Broncos hit the jackpot, acquiring Russell Wilson in a massive blockbuster trade with the Seattle Seahawks. The front office finally answered the question at quarterback. Now, it can focus on filling out the rest of the roster. Bobby Wagner appears to be a perfect fit.

Wagner and Wilson joined the Seahawks as part of the same 2012 draft class. The franchise also moved on from the two veterans on the same day. Denver is also in a good enough financial situation to make a deal come to fruition.

The Utah State product would undoubtedly fill a need for the Broncos, too. He could be a staple in the middle of the defense for the next couple of seasons. Denver finished with a top 3 unit, but adding Wagner could take it to another level. Inserting a player with elite talent and leadership could go a long way to solidifying this team as a potential Super Bowl contender.

All stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference

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