Bobby Wagner isn’t leaving the NFC West.
The All-Pro linebacker signed a five-year contract with the defending Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams on Thursday, after 10 seasons with the Seattle Seahawks.
He will earn a reported $50 million, with up to $65 million including incentives, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Former Seahawks’ Pro-Bowl linebacker Bobby Wagner is signing a five-year, $50 million deal worth up to $65 million with the Los Angeles Rams, per league sources. Wagner is staying in the NFC West.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 31, 2022
Wagner, who grew up in Ontario, California, was released by the Seahawks on March 9, ending a storied run in Seattle for the former Utah State star.
He was an eight-time Pro Bowler in Seattle and earned first-team All-Pro honors six times. Wagner had 1,383 total tackles, 23.5 sacks, 78 QB hits, 60 pass breakups and 11 interceptions as a Seahawk, finishing every season in Seattle with 100-plus tackles.
The 31-year-old Wagner also won a Super Bowl with the Seahawks, when Seattle beat the Denver Broncos 43-8 in Super Bowl XLVIII.
Now, he’ll join a star-studded Rams defense. Though Los Angeles lost outside linebacker Von Miller in free agency, defensive tackle Aaron Donald and cornerback Jalen Ramsey anchor a Rams defense that came up big time and again during the team’s Super Bowl run this past season.
The two dudes with the most First Team All-Pro selections amongst active players are now on the same defense. Sheesh 😳 @AaronDonald97 @Bwagz @RamsNFL pic.twitter.com/sJjlZZm0B5— NFL (@NFL) March 31, 2022
The Baltimore Ravens were also reportedly in the mix to sign Wagner — CBS Sports’ Josina Anderson reported the Ravens had what they felt was a “very competitive offer” — but Wagner chose to stay out west near his hometown.