NFC West Update
With the Russell Wilson domino following into place it didn’t take long for the Seahawks to finalize a contract extension for their ‘star’ middle linebacker Bobby Wagner. Wagner would have entered the 2015 season on the final year of his rookie contract but instead the 4-year extension worth $43 million makes Wagner the highest paid inside linebacker in the NFL. According to Ian Rapoport, the deal includes $22 million in guaranteed money. While the Seahawks’ secondary affectionately referred to as the “Legion of Boom” typically grab the headlines on Seattle’s defense, Wagner has been nothing short of remarkable since entering the league in 2012. The former second-round pick has eclipsed the 100 tackles total in each of his first three seasons. The 2014 All Pro actually received one first place vote for League MVP despite the fact that he missed the Seahawks’ first five games. Wagner’s return from injury was certainly welcomed as the Seahawks’ defense allowed just over 20 points per game during his absence and less than 14 points per game when he returned to the lineup.
In other news:
– The Pittsburgh Steelers have traded a conditional fifth round pick (can become a fourth rounder) to the Philadelphia Eagles for CB Brandon Boykin;
– WR Cobi Hamilton has been claimed off waivers by the Miami Dolphins;
– WR Ryan Whalen has signed with the Minnesota Vikings;
– Patriots release CB Derek Cox