Playing for Seattle alone and retiring as a Seahawk is the goal of linebacker Bobby Wagner.
Wagner’s a realist, though, and he knows this won’t be his last season in the NFL, but it might well be his last year playing for the Seahawks.
“I want to retire a Seahawk, and yet I understand it’s a business,” Wagner told Omar Ruiz of the NFL Network on Saturday at Wagner’s high school alma mater, Colony High in Ontario, Calif..”I’m trying to prepare like this is my last year as a Seahawk. I want to ensure I go out with a bang and make sure I give the city something to remember.”
Back in Southern California on Saturday for a charity event called “Tackle Weekend Hunger” to fight youth hunger in his hometown, Wagner told Ruiz that he and the Seahawks have yet to enter into contract talks on a new deal, negotiations in which he intends to represent himself.
Wagner is entering the final season of his current four-year contract due to making $ 10.5 million in base salary in 2019.
His career has spanned seven seasons so far, all with the Seahawks and all of them as an absolute tackling machine.
A four-time All-Pro with five consecutive trips to the Pro Bowl, Wagner has scored more than 100 tackles each season, with a career-low of 114 in 2015 and an average of 140 tackles per season.He led the NFL with a career-high 168 tackles in 2016. He also has a nose for the ball and the big play, having scored eight fumble recoveries, nine interceptions and four total defensive touchdowns over his career.
Bobby Wagner, who has 125 tackles in 13 post-season games, will be searching for at least one more impactful campaign in Seattle this season.What comes after is in the air. However, it is almost certain that Wagner will net a large contract and he will continue to pile up tackles.