The offseason officially ends for the Seattle Seahawks today, as players will be on the practice field for the first full day of training camp. While the rookies reported last week and have been working on things since then, the veterans reported Wednesday and will join the youngsters on the field today.
It’s been a crazy offseason, with several key members of the team departing, including defensive end Frank Clark being traded to the Kansas City Chiefs, safety Earl Thomas joining the Baltimore Ravens in free agency and nickel cornerback Justin Coleman reuniting with Matt Patricia on the Detroit Lions. Add in the consistently delayed sentencing of linebacker Mychal Kendricks following his guilty plea to insider trading and the suspension of Jarran Reed earlier this week, and it’s great to finally have some real football news to pay attention to. However, before we get too deep into the football news, let’s take a quick detour by the roster side of things to get a quick update on a key item lots of fans have been waiting for.
KJ Wright just told us that Bobby Wagner's deal should get done and that they are just working out the little details.— Mike Salk, 710 ESPN (@TheMikeSalk) July 25, 2019
And there it is, Mike Salk of 710 AM ESPN was just told by fellow Seahawks linebacker K.J. Wright that All Universe middle linebacker Bobby Wagner should see the contract extension he’s been looking for soon. That is, of course, huge news because some fans were wary of extending Wagner in the wake of making quarterback Russell Wilson the highest paid player in the NFL back in April. Specifically, following the New York Jets giving linebacker C.J. Mosley the largest contract in NFL history for an off ball linebacker (5 years and $85M), many were concerned that Seattle would be forced to match that contract in order to retain Wagner.
Thus, with Wright stating the deal will get done, and with Bobby having said during OTAs that he wants to be the highest paid off ball linebacker in the NFL, it would seem that the Seahawks may put some of the large amounts of future cap space to use in the coming days.