Commanders Aug 20, 2022; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; A detailed view of a Washington Commanders helmet prior to the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

The Washington Commanders made a splash on Wednesday. Washington moved to sign a veteran linebacker with plenty of accolades to his name. The newest addition to the Commanders is veteran linebacker Bobby Wagner, a former Super Bowl champion.

NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport reported the news on Wednesday afternoon. Rapoport posted the news on X, the website formerly known as Twitter.

“Seahawks perennial Pro Bowler and All-Pro LB Bobby Wagner is signing with the Commanders on a 1-year deal,” Rapoport said. He detailed that the contract was worth up to $8.5 million, and includes $6 million in guarantees.

In 185 career games, Wagner has totaled 1,706 tackles (996 solo), six forced fumbles, and 33.0 sacks. He’s one of the most accomplished active players in the entire league.

He won Super Bowl XLVIII with the Seattle Seahawks in the 2013-14 season. The Seahawks soundly defeated Peyton Manning and a record-setting Denver Broncos offense 43-8 in one of the most lopsided Super Bowls in recent memory. Wagner was a crucial piece to the puzzle in Seatlte for several years as part of the Legion of Boom defense. He’s more than made his presence felt when he’s been an active player and, even at the back end of his career, is still plenty durable and capable.

Signing a veteran for a Washington team in need of life and exuberance is also a solid move.

The NFL world had much to say.


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