Linebacker Bobby Wagner said goodbye to Seattle Seahawks fans after the team released him after 10 seasons.
The Seattle Seahawks did not have a good day on Tuesday, March 8. First of all, franchise quarterback Russell Wilson was shockingly traded to the Denver Broncos in exchange for Noah Fant, Drew Lock, Shelby Harris and a bevy of draft picks. Later on in the night, a report indicated that the Seahawks were releasing long-time linebacker Bobby Wagner, which became official on Wednesday.
After his release, Wagner tweeted out a thank you message to Seattle, saying that it will “forever be [his] home.”
Bobby Wagner says goodbye to Seattle after Seahawks release
Wagner was one of the longest tenured players on the Seahawks roster. He was a second-round draft pick in 2012 out of Utah State, played in 151 total games, and started in 150 of them.
In his 10 seasons with the team, Wagner recorded 1,383 combined tackles, 60 defended passes, 23.5 sacks, 11 interceptions and nine fumble recoveries. Wagner was named to the Pro Bowl eight times, the All-Pro First Team six times and the All-Pro Second Team twice. he was part of the 2013 team that defeated the Broncos 43-8 in Super Bowl 48.
Wagner carried a huge cap hit entering the 2022 league year, and as a result of his release, the Seahawks freed up $16.6 million in space. Following the release of Wagner and trade of Wilson, Seattle now has $51.4 million in cap space, which is the third-most in the league, per Spotrac.
With his release, Wagner is now free to sign wherever he so chooses. For Seahawks fans, it will be weird to see the middle linebacker wearing another uniform. But, Wagner let the fanbase know that Seattle will always be home to him.