Days after signing superstar quarterback Russell Wilson, the Seattle Seahawks also signed middle linebacker Bobby Wagner to a contract extension. The deal is worth $43 million over four years, according to a report.
The league’s official website said Wagner is set to receive $22 million guaranteed in his new deal and will join the likes of Wilson Michael Bennett, Marshawn Lynch and Cliff Avril signed through 2017. Defensive players Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas will also be part of the team for the next three seasons.
Wagner, who becomes the highest paid middle linebacker in the league, took to social media to show his gratitude for the new deal.
Extremely blessed to be able to sign a 4yr extension with the best team in sports seahawks! Thanks… https://t.co/ahWLCaQ7R9
— Bobby Wagner (@Bwagz54) August 2, 2015
Like Wilson, Wagner was unheralded out of college and dropped to the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft. He was the 47th overall selection in the rookie draft out of Utah State. In 41 games in his three-year NFL career, Wagner is credited 364 tackles and five interceptions in the regular season and 87 tackles and an interception in eight playoff games.
Wagner, who made the NFL Pro Bowl squad in 2014, was a key player in Seattle’s back-to-back runs to the Super Bowl the last two seasons.