Wagner has not been contacted regarding a contract extension, contradicting an earlier report by head coach Pete Carroll suggesting the linebacker was in negotiations with the team, Omar Ruiz of NFL Network reports. Wagner suggested he's "preparing like this is my last year as a Seahawk," which certainly doesn't sound like a comment someone in position for a contract extension would make. With just one-year remaining on Wagner's previous four-year deal, it's quite possible the cash-strapped Seahawks may be unable to retain the services of their inside linebacker, especially after a number of linebackers, including C.J. Mosley, received monster deals during the offseason.
Coach Pete Carroll said the Seahawks and Wagner have opened discussions on a contract extension, Brady Henderson of ESPN.com reports. Arguably the best off-ball linebacker in the league, Wagner is a superior player to C.J. Mosley, who recently joined the Jets on a five-year, $85 million deal that includes $43 million fully guaranteed. Mosley's contract leaves the Seahawks in a tricky spot, with their 28-year-old superstar linebacker entering the final year of a four-year, $43 million extension. After averaging 146.3 tackles, 6.7 passes defensed, 2.3 sacks and 1.3 interceptions over the past three seasons, Wagner surely expects that his next contract will be comparable to Mosley's or perhaps even a bit larger. Carroll believes the re-signing of outside linebacker K.J. Wright will help smooth negotiations with Wagner.
Wagner made five tackles in Saturday's playoff loss to the Cowboys. Wagner averaged 8.7 tackles per game during the regular season, so this was a steep dip to finish off the year. The Seahawks' defensive captain has combined for 438 tackles over the last three years and ranks as the No. 1 linebacker in the league, according to Pro Football Focus. Wagner has one more year left on his contract, and he recently told Gregg Bell of The News Tribune that he's willing to play the 2019 season without a contract extension.
Wagner posted 12 tackles (six solo) during Sunday's 38-31 win over the Chiefs. Wagner dominated as a run-stopper during Sunday's primetime win and logged his fifth game of the season with at least 12 total tackles. The veteran linebacker remains a focal point of Seattle's defense, as well as a coveted IDP asset.
Wagner racked up 12 tackles, one sack, two pass breakups, a forced fumble and a pick-six in Sunday's win over the 49ers. It's the fourth time in five games that Wagner made more than 12 stops, but this was his first sack and interception of the year. Wagner has been instrumental in helping the Seahawks win three straight games and remain firmly in the playoff conversation, and fantasy owners should utilize his edge in IDP settings.
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