Bobby Wagner’s main goal in free agency wasn’t to sign with a team that offered him the chance to play the Seattle Seahawks twice a year. But after the team cut him off without even a phone call first, he didn’t like the way things were going.
Now a member of the Los Angeles Rams, Wagner will face his former team twice a year in the NFC West. He will also make his presence known in these competitions saying “it will not be a quiet game.
“A lot of people think that influenced my decision to be able to play against the Seahawks, but I don’t have that much hate in my heart,” Wagner told reporters Monday. “I really wanted to be happy, and I wanted to be close to home and stay on the West Coast. It was important to me, but playing the Seahawks twice a year was the icing on the cake. And I’ll make sure they see me every time we play them. You all know where I’m at, and I’ll tell them it’s not going to be an easy game for me.
Wagner spent 10 years with the Seahawks and would have enjoyed a chat with general manager John Schneider or coach Pete Carroll before they decided to release him. He didn’t understand that, and he thinks representing himself without an agent played a role in the Seahawks’ decision to cut him.
“I just think after 10 years it could have been a simple conversation,” Wagner said. “Even though they wanted to go in different directions, I don’t think my portrayal played a part on my side. It was more on their side. Maybe they didn’t want to. Maybe that they kind of want to burn that bridge.
Wagner will be a centerpiece of the Rams defense for the next few years. He still finds himself around the ball, making a career-high 170 tackles last season with Seattle.
He will wear No. 45 after wearing 54 with the Seahawks, ushering in a new era in his hometown of Los Angeles.