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Bobby Wagner has funny quote on awkwardness of negotiating his own deal

Bobby Wagner

Bobby Wagner was the rare player who opted to represent himself in contract negotiations with the Seattle Seahawks, and he succeeded in negotiating himself a three-year, $54 million extension.

There are consequences to negotiating for yourself, though. Even if you successfully make a deal, you’re working with your bosses directly instead of going through an intermediary. That can lead to awkward moments and perhaps some tension between the two sides.

Did that happen to Wagner? Apparently not, and the reason for that was that Twitter had prepared him for the moment.

Wagner hasn’t been afraid to take on high-profile teammates. Seahawks executives were no big deal.

Bobby Wagner agrees to $54 million contract extension with Seahawks

Bobby Wagner

Bobby Wagner did not want to be a distraction for the Seattle Seahawks in training camp, and it looks like he won’t be.

Wagner and the Seahawks have agreed to a three-year, $54 million contract extension, NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reported on Friday. Rapoport says the deal includes $40.2 million guaranteed.

Wagner was entering the final season of a four-year, $43 million deal he signed in August 2015. He is the leader of the team’s defense and still only 29, so adding a few years onto his current deal made sense for both sides. Plus, now at $18 million per season, Wagner will be compensated according to his status as one of the best defensive players in the league.

Wagner had 138 tackles, a sack, an interception returned for a touchdown, two forced fumbles and 11 passes defended last season. While Seattle let Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas leave in recent years, Wagner is the player they are choosing to retain. His age and strong play help explain why they chose to invest in him.

Report: Bobby Wagner not expected to hold out, could be ‘cautious’

Bobby Wagner

Bobby Wagner is entering the final season of his contract with the Seattle Seahawks and would like a new deal before the start of the season, but the All-Pro linebacker has no intention of becoming a distraction.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that Wagner is expected to be in attendance when the Seahawks open training camp on Wednesday, as he wants to be with his teammates and continue to be a good leader. However, he will likely be “cautious” by trying to limit his exposure to injury.

The Seahawks entered the offseason with several key defensive players looking for new contracts, and Wagner is one of them. Frank Clark was another, but Seattle doesn’t have to worry about paying him after trading him to the Kansas City Chiefs. Defensive tackle Jarran Reed was also on that list as he enters the final year of his rookie deal, but some recent off-field trouble probably means his contract will have to wait.

That leaves Wagner, who has been one of the best linebackers in football for several years and recorded 138 total tackles in 2018. He’s the heart of a Seattle defense that has been torn down and rebuilt over the past two years, so it would not be a surprise if they give him what he wants prior to Week 1.

Seahawks GM says it will be ‘challenging’ to keep three key players long-term

Frank Clark

The Seattle Seahawks are facing a salary cap crunch, and it is likely going to lead to the departure of a key player.

The Seahawks have three key members of their defense facing potentially difficult contract negotiations in the near future. Linebacker Bobby Wagner is entering the final year of his deal, defensive lineman Frank Clark is refusing to report until he has a long-term agreement, and defensive tackle Jarran Reed is in the final year of his rookie deal. Things are made even tougher by the fact that Russell Wilson’s new long-term deal removed some cap flexibility.

In other words, GM John Schneider has some tough decisions to make. On Monday, he admitted that it would be a very difficult task to keep all three players long-term.

At the moment, Clark seems available for trade and most likely to move. As the only player who is currently refusing to report as a result of being franchise tagged, it makes some sense, but it’s hard to imagine the offseason passing without one of the three departing Seattle.

Referees miss penalty on key blocked field goal by Seahawks

Bobby Wagner leap frog

The officials in Monday night’s Seattle Seahawks-Minnesota Vikings game missed an obvious penalty on a key blocked field goal by Bobby Wagner.

Minnesota was down 6-0 to Seattle with just under six minutes remaining and tried a 47-yard field goal by Dan Bailey. The kick was blocked by Wagner, who used his teammates to jump over the line and block the kick:

Here’s a shot that shows he clearly used his teammates for leverage:

The officials threw a flag on the play immediately and met to discuss afterwards but determined there was no penalty, allowing the block to stand.

It’s truly a wonder how they decided there was no penalty. If a player uses another player as leverage to help block a kick, that is against the rules. That should have been a 15-yard penalty and first down for Minnesota. They would have had the ball at the Seattle 14 in a 6-0 game and a good shot to take the lead with a touchdown and extra point.

Instead, Seattle got the ball, drove for a touchdown, made a 2-point conversion, and then got a strip-sack return for a touchdown on the following possession to blow the game open at 21-0.

That blocked kick was a game-changer, and missing the penalty was a huge whiff by the officials. It was a complete game-changing mistake. Officials should have looked out for it, because Wagner is known for this type of play.

Earl Thomas receiving support from veteran teammates during holdout

Earl Thomas

The Seattle Seahawks can fine Earl Thomas more than $1 million for the amount of time he has missed this offseason, but the All-Pro safety has still given no indication that he is on the verge of returning to work. While that likely frustrates the team, Thomas’ teammates have expressed support for him.

On Wednesday, star linebacker Bobby Wagner told reporters Thomas’ holdout is about nothing more than the “business side” of football. He said he wishes Thomas was with the team in advance of the regular season, but he understands his motivation for staying home.

“I think you see it a lot right now, from the defensive side,” Wagner said, per Gregg Bell of The News Tribune. “You have amazing players that are not getting paid, are not getting the money. And I think at some point you have to make a stand.”

Wagner said the game is becoming more and more difficult for defenders with changes like the controversial new helmet rule, so he believes that is more the reason defensive players should “stand their ground” with contract negotiations.

One star player on the other side of the ball also supports Thomas during his holdout.

“This is our livelihoods, and everything else,” quarterback Russell Wilson said last week. “This isn’t just … it is fun, and it is games. But it’s not just fun and games, if that makes sense. It’s real life.”

Thomas has been linked to one team in particular since last season, but it does not seem like the Seahawks have any intention of trading him. He’s set to make $8.5 million in 2018, so skipping regular season games would cost the 29-year-old a boatload of money.

Bobby Wagner takes responsibility for spat with Earl Thomas

Bobby Wagner

Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner is sorry for his role in a public spat with teammate Earl Thomas after Sunday’s loss to the Los Angeles Rams.

Thomas had said the injured Wagner should not have tried to play through the pain in the blowout loss, which led Wagner to fire back on Twitter. Speaking publicly for the first time since, Wagner said his emotions got to him and he has squared things away with Thomas.

Coach Pete Carroll had been pretty relaxed about the whole thing, and it seems he had good reason to be — his players look to have worked things out.

Pete Carroll downplays spat between Earl Thomas, Bobby Wagner

Pete Carroll

Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll is, at least publicly, downplaying the tension between two of his star defenders.

After safety Earl Thomas and linebacker Bobby Wagner publicly traded barbs after the team’s blowout loss to the Los Angeles Rams, Carroll said he wasn’t concerned about long-term repercussions, blaming the controversy on emotion in the heat of the moment and the availability of social media.

Regardless of how Carroll feels about the players and the controversy, it sounds like the Seahawks had big changes planned on defense even before this happened. The situation in Seattle just doesn’t seem particularly sustainable anymore.

Bobby Wagner fires back at Earl Thomas for saying he should not have played

Bobby Wagner

A couple of Seattle Seahawks teammates were sparring after the team got destroyed by the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday.

Following the team’s 42-7 thumping at the hands of the Rams, Thomas said he didn’t think some of the injured players should have played in the game.

“To be totally honest–I think the guys that played, you know, you’ve got to get your hats off to ‘Wags’ and the couple of (injured) guys who played–but my personal opinion (is) I don’t think they should have played,” Thomas said.via the Tacoma News Tribune. “I think the backups would have done just as good.”

Bobby Wagner was among those who played hurt. He was questionable entering the game but still suited up. So it’s understandable why he would be particularly offended by the comment.

Here’s what he said in response in a since-deleted tweet:

Not only are the Seahawks in danger of losing the division, but now there’s some in-fighting on top of all their existing defensive injuries. They’re in bad shape.

Richard Sherman, Bobby Wagner seemingly respond to Texans owner

Richard Sherman

Houston Texans owner Bob McNair issued an apology on Friday after a report revealed that he made a regrettable remark during a meeting about national anthem protests last week, but don’t expect the mea culpa to be well-received by everyone.

Take Richard Sherman and Bobby Wagner, for example. Shortly after word of McNair’s comments surfaced, the Seattle Seahawks stars sent some tweets that seemed directed toward the Texans founder.

McNair is reportedly one of a handful of owners who would like to see the NFL ban anthem protests. He shared his opinion at a meeting last Wednesday by saying “we can’t have the inmates running the prison.” On Friday, McNair issued a statement of apology and claimed he wasn’t referring to the players when he delivered the figure of speech. That’s tough to believe.

Although McNair expressed remorse, there are likely a lot of players who feel the way Sherman and Wagner feel. That is exactly the type of mentality Jerry Jones has been accused of illustrating with his strong remarks about anthem protests, and that mindset has contributed to the divide team owners and their players over social issues.