Rams Strengthen Defense, Sign Pro Bowl LB Bobby Wagner

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The Rams strengthened their Super Bowl squad Thursday, reportedly signing linebacker Bobby Wagner to a multi-year deal.

Per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, it’s a five-year, $50 million deal worth up to $65 million for Wagner.

The six-time All-Pro will join defensive tackle Aaron Donald and cornerback Jalen Ramsey as cornerstones of the Los Angeles defense, coached by defensive coordinator Raheem Morris.

Wagner, 31, was Seattle’s second-round selection out of Utah State in the 2012 NFL Draft. He quickly rose to become one of the leaders of the Seahawks’ vaunted defense, which led the franchise to their first Super Bowl victory in 2014.

Wagner recorded 1,383 tackles, 23.5 sacks and 11 interceptions during his tenure with the Seahawks. Though a model of consistency, Wagner dipped slightly in 2021, but he still managed to make a career-high 170 tackles as the leader of the NFL’s 28th ranked defense.

But with Seattle going into a full rebuild, Wagner and his $20.35 million cap hit became expendable. By releasing Wagner, the Seahawks freed up $16.6 million. Still, Wagner was frustrated by the way they handled the release, saying he didn’t find out the news from the team.

“Crazy part about all this. I played there for 10 years & I didn’t even hear it from them that I wasn’t coming back,” Wagner said, via Twitter.

Wagner opted to remain in the NFC West, meaning he’ll have two opportunities per season to face his former team. The Rams have been busy in recent weeks, signing receiver Allen Robinson to a three-year, $46.5 million deal on March 17. Los Angeles also traded receiver Robert Woods to the Titans for a 2023 sixth-round pick and failed to re-sign edge rusher Von Miller, who took a big money deal with the Bills.

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Written by Nick Geddes

Nick Geddes is a 2021 graduate of the University of Central Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism. A life-long sports enthusiast, Nick shares a passion for sports writing and is proud to represent OutKick.

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  1. Defense? I thought the NFL put in some rules that don’t allow that anymore…

    I mean, let’s get rid of “pass interference,” already… DB’s still shouldn’t be allowed to hold, but letting the offense design plays specifically to create a PI situation is just ridiculous. If the player runs a good route on a well-designed play, there will be no defender to “interfere” with his opportunity to catch the pass. Meanwhile, if a good cover guy can knock a receiver’s hands away because the DB has him covered like a blanket, why do we punish the DB? Like I said, can’t HOLD the WR, but not being allowed to “contact” him to prevent a reception is just dumb…

    I’ve always wondered if there was ANYONE who felt like I do on the subject….

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