Bobby Wagner was by many accounts the best and most reliable player on the Rams during his one season with Los Angeles in 2022, but the veteran linebacker had words about his change of scenery during his first practice back with the Seattle Seahawks.
“I’m excited I got the right colors back on,” said the 11-year veteran who spent his first 10 seasons with the Seahawks.
Bobby Wagner, back with the Seahawks after a season with the Rams, addressed fans after practice and got a massive ovation.— Brady Henderson (@BradyHenderson) July 26, 2023
“I’m excited I got the right colors back on.” pic.twitter.com/z5tKP1RoC6
You might think that Wagner would hold a grudge against Seattle for releasing him last year, which opened the door for him to join their NFC West rivals on a five-season contract shortly thereafter. But after the Rams released Wagner after just one year with the team, he immediately retreated back to the Seahawks on a new contract. The 33-year-old linebacker who was a second-team All-Pro last season, could be playing his final year in the NFL and is apparently putting a very good campaign with the Rams behind him already.
In his lone season in L.A., his hometown, Wagner posted 140 tackles, six sacks, two interceptions, and 10 QB hits. It was the first time he didn’t make the Pro Bowl since 2013, but Wagner has been a first or second-team All-Pro in each of the past nine years.
In Seattle, Wagner is being counted on to improve one of the NFL’s worst run defenses, but that probably was a weakness of his, if anything, during his 2022 campaign with the Rams. In fact, Ferragamo15 posted a great comment about that in a recent Turf Show Times article.
To highlight that point again:
Both Wagner and Jones sometimes make mistakes and attack the wrong gap, losing leverage against the ball on runs. EJ is understandable as a young player, but it’s kind of frustrating to watch such a great LB like Wagner not be more consistent.
So while the Rams may not necessarily be “better off” on defense this season than last season, they’re probably also happy that Bobby Wagner put his old colors back on again this year.