Newly-Acquired Rams Star Bobby Wagner Puts the Seahawks on Notice With Scary Message

Bobby Wagner spent 10 long, hard-fought years with the Seattle Seahawks. Unfortunately, the team parted ways with the All-Pro linebacker and did so in the worst way possible. Now, Wagner is a member of the Los Angeles Rams, and he could have revenge on his mind.

The Super Bowl champions outlasted the Baltimore Ravens in the sweepstakes for the veteran linebacker. Joining Sean McVay’s squad not only gives Wagner the opportunity to play for a championship contender but also will allow him to face his former team twice a year.

The Seahawks legend hopes to make the franchise pay for its grave mistake.

Bobby Wagner sends strong message to the Seahawks

Rams linebacker Bobby Wagner reacts during Seahawks game
Bobby Wagner of the Seattle Seahawks reacts to a penalty call during game against the New Orleans Saints | Abbie Parr/Getty Images

The LA Rams recently signed Bobby Wagner to a five-year, $50 million deal. The eight-time Pro Bowler hit the free-agent market after the Seattle Seahawks cut him as a salary-cap casualty.

Wagner didn’t care for how the team handled his release, and that reportedly played a factor in him choosing to join the Rams.

“Playing the Seahawks twice a year was the cherry on top,” Wagner told The Athletic‘s Jourdan Rodrigue. “I’ll make sure they see me every time we play them. They’ll know where I’m at. I’ll make sure, I’ll tell them. It won’t be a quiet game for me.”

Wagner sounds like he means business. Playing in his hometown intrigued the LA native. However, staying in the NFC West certainly sweetened the pot. Whenever the two teams square off during the 2022 season, the revenge narrative will be one to watch.

Seattle will regret how it handled Wagner’s release

Bobby Wagner understands the NFL is a business. However, he couldn’t wrap his head around how the Seattle Seahawks cut ties with him.

According to Wagner, the Seahawks didn’t call him to inform him that they were trading him. Instead, he found out like everyone else. That must’ve felt like a slap in the face for the veteran linebacker, as he was one of the unquestioned leaders of the team for 10 years alongside Russell Wilson.

The lack of communication was a bad look for head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider. The latter suggests Wagner handling his own contract negotiations played a role in the miscommunication.

“I wish I could’ve handled things better in that regard, from a communication standpoint,” said Schneider. ” I owe it to him. The organization owes it to him. It’s somewhat awkward when a player represents himself.”

While Bobby Wagner doesn’t harbor hard feelings, he didn’t care for that statement.

“I saw the apology, and I’m grateful,” Wagner said. “But when they said it was because I represented myself, I feel like that part was weak. Whether I had an agent or whether I didn’t have an agent, I still felt like that was a conversation they could have had. That’s kind of where I stand on it. I’m not going to dwell on it. It’s change.”

Change, it is, and the Rams are adding a valuable piece to their quest to repeat as Super Bowl champs.

What the All-Pro linebacker’s presence means for the Rams

The LA Rams went all-in to win in 2021, and the gamble paid off as they hoisted the Lombardi Trophy at season’s end. Now, they go from the hunter to the hunted.

General manager Les Snead had to say goodbye to some key players in free agency, including edge rusher Von Miller and cornerback Darious Williams. Left tackle Andrew Whitworth retired, and the team traded wide receiver Robert Woods to the Tennessee Titans.

To get back to the Super Bowl, LA needs to re-tool. Bringing in a player of Bobby Wagner’s caliber is how to do it. Losing Miller was a huge loss, but Wagner is another veteran who comes with Super Bowl experience. Even though he’ll be 32 when the 2022 season starts, he’s still playing at a high level. He recorded 170 tackles for the Seahawks in 2021.

The Rams still have plenty of talent on the defensive side of the ball, led by Jalen Ramsey, Aaron Donald, and Leonard Floyd. Wagner will be the anchor of the linebacking corps. Defensive coordinator Raheem Morris is a lucky guy.

The additions of Bobby Wagner and wide receiver Allen Robinson II could pay huge dividends for Sean McVay and company in the upcoming season.

All stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference

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