C.J. Mosley’s new deal with the New York Jets blown the linebacker market out of the water. Seattle Seahawks star LB Bobby Wagner wants to beat this pact with his next deal.
The perspective surrounding Mosley’s contract does not counter Wagner’s desire. Wagner replied Mosley’s agreement was handed out by Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan, who was fired last week.
“This is the top of linebacker market,” he added, via the Seattle Times. “That’s the standard, so that’s the plan to break that.”
Mosley earns $ 17 million every year on his new deal, easily outdistancing $ 12.359 million per season from Luke Kuechly. Wagner earned $ 10,750 million a year on his previous deal.
With just the Seahawks pulling up a Brink truck for Russell Wilson, questions will swirl during the final season of Wagner’s contract whether Seattle can afford to pay an inside linebacker who turns 29 in June over $ 17 million per season.
Wagner got ahead of the storyline, telling Omar Ruiz of the NFL Network earlier this month that he is preparing for the possibility that it will be his final season in Seattle. Tuesday, he doubled down on those feelings.
“but I am also a professional,” said Wagner. “This is what it is. My contract ends at this year so that’s where it stands. I’m honoring the contract, I’m here, participating, helping the young guys be the best they can be. But i’m here and that’s what I want to do, that’s my decision, so right now there’s no other years left for me here, so that’s just a very honest opinion that if I don’t get a deal done, that’s it (in Seattle). But I think there’s something that can happen. ”
Wagner is really a match-changing force on the inside that can stuff the run almost on its own and shut down tight ends or running backs in the passing game. Several linebackers inside are worth $ 17 million per season. Wagner would be one, even if during his next contract he will pass the 30-year-old mark. In agreements, Wagner is trying to represent himself.
“I understand of my value,” he said. “No one has to say me my value. I understand my value, so no team, no person, no agent can tell me my value, and I believe in myself. I bet on myself, and either way to me it’s a win. You get a contract, you win. You don’t, it’s a learning experience, so you win. Many people aren’t willing to take that chance. I’m.”
Wagner is going to attend voluntary OTAs to prove his worth to Seattle but will not participate without a new deal. The veteran hopes to help coach the young Seahawks corps, whether or not they should be his teammates beyond this season.
“I’m going to be here — that’s going to be my participation,” Wagner said. “I’m going to be here helping the young guys, doing whatever I can. You want to send the right message. You want to support the guys. I feel like the defense quarterback is pretty important, so not having that piece would put a damper on the defense. I only think it’s important for our success, but i’m still here.”