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Bobby Wagner expected to hit free agency, unlikely to return to Seahawks

According to Ian Rapoport at NFL Network, Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner will become a free agent when the new league year begins and it’s considered unlikely that he will return to Seattle.

Wagner is coming off a 183-tackle season, the third time he has led the league in tackles in his career. However, Wagner is also 33 years old and the Seahawks are going in a younger direction. He has played 185 games in the NFL, made nine Pro Bowl teams and has six All-Pro nominations. While he has nothing left to prove, in interviews after the 2023 season ended, Wagner made it clear he intends to continue playing.

This past season Wagner gave Seattle a hometown discount, signing a one-year, $5.5 million deal. On the open market he should be able to earn more than that after another Pro Bowl season.

Potential replacements for Wagner in free agency include Patrick Queen, Eric Kendricks and D’Vondre Campbell, who was just released by the Packers and had done great work under the Seahawks’ new linebackers coach.

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