Ex-Seahawks LB Bobby Wagner joining Rams on reported 5-year, $50 million deal

Bobby Wagner is switching sides in the NFC West.

The longtime Seattle Seahawks linebacker, who was released earlier this month, is signing with the Los Angeles Rams, the team confirmed Thursday.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported the contract to be a five-year, $50 million deal worth up to $65 million.

Wagner spent 10 years starring for the Seahawks in the middle of their defense, accruing six first-team All-Pro honors and a Super Bowl ring in 2014. No active player has more combined tackles than Wagner's 1,383.

Now, the Seahawks legend will be playing for a division rival, though there may be no love lost on Wagner's end.

Bobby Wagner wasn't happy about his Seahawks release

A team parting ways with a longtime great is never fun, but it happens.

Wagner, however, did not seem pleased with how his exit from Seattle, which broke the same day the Seahawks traded Russell Wilson to the Denver Broncos, went down. The linebacker revealed on Twitter days after his release that the team didn't give him advance warning that he would be cut loose.

Despite those raw feelings, Wagner still tweeted Seattle would be "forever" his home, but he then went and found a job that could see him help keep his home of a decade out of the playoffs for the foreseeable future.

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - JANUARY 02: Bobby Wagner #54 of the Seattle Seahawks looks on before the game against the Detroit Lions at Lumen Field on January 02, 2022 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)
Bobby Wagner saw plenty of interest as a free agent. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)

Rams continue busy offseason

The Los Angeles Rams aren't resting on their laurels, we'll give them that much.

After winning their first Super Bowl in over 20 years, the Rams have been one of the NFL's more busy teams this offseason, for better or worse. The team has now signed Wagner and Pro Bowl wide receiver Allen Robinson and extended quarterback Matthew Stafford. However, it has seen pass rusher Von Miller head to the Buffalo Bills and left tackle Andrew Whitworth retire, while also trading away wide receiver Robert Woods and releasing all-world punter Johnny Hekker.

The Rams probably aren't done either, as Odell Beckham Jr. could return after a resurgent season in Los Angeles and a new contract for Aaron Donald looms.

All of that adds up to a very tight salary cap situation, but that has never bothered the Rams before.