Bobby Wagner
Bobby Wagner
29-Year-Old LinebackerLB
Seattle Seahawks
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Despite ranking this low, Wagner has the ability to finish No. 1 among linebackers. He is three years removed from a 167-tackle, four-sack season, and despite playing through injury, his tackle rate from last year would project to 149 on 1,000 snaps. Wagner's missile-like playing style gets him nicked up occasionally, but he is an automatic elite asset when he is on the field. He also has great playmaking ability, offering sack and interception upside while scoring four touchdowns in the last four years for the Seahawks. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $43 million contract with the Seahawks in August of 2015.
Contract talks ongoing
LBSeattle Seahawks
June 19, 2019
Wagner and the Seahawks are still in talks regarding a contract extension, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports.
Wagner has made his intentions clear this offseason: he wants to be the highest-paid inside linebacker in the league, a distinction currently held by the Jets' C.J. Mosley. With Mosley's deal paying him $17 million annually, Wagner has been asking for a number north of that. Wagner was still present at Seattle's recent OTAs and even went on to lead the defense and coach up the young players from the sideline, though he refused to participate in drills himself. At this point in the offseason, an agreement between the two sides doesn't seem imminent.
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Measurables Review
How do Bobby Wagner's measurables compare to other linebackers?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
* All metrics are from his Pro Day (not the combine).
6' 0"
245 lbs
40-Yard Dash
4.46 sec
Shuttle Time
4.28 sec
Cone Drill
7.10 sec
Vertical Jump
39.5 in
Broad Jump
132 in
Bench Press
24 reps
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Wagner is a high-velocity wrecking ball that gets nicked up from time to time – he was limited by a hamstring injury for a stretch even as he played 16 games last year – but that speed and violence are the same traits that make him so effective. With 4.5 speed and 300 tackles over the last two years, few linebackers pose the danger he does, including as a blitzer and turnover source. With the Seattle dynasty in seeming decline, it's possible his per-snap tackle rate will increase as opponents perhaps call more run plays due to having more leads than they did against the Legion of Boom at its greatest heights.
Wagner had a career year in 2016, mainly because he stayed healthy. It was the first time since his 2012 rookie year that he played 16 games, as he dealt with a combination of ankle, toe, and pectoral issues the three years prior. Perhaps last season was a fortunate aberration, or perhaps it was the new normal. Either way, even if he misses a couple games this year, Wagner's nose for the ball and elite athleticism give him high weekly upside. He is capable of producing in all phases of defensive play.
If Wagner could stay healthy for 16 games, he would be a good bet to outperform this ranking. Unfortunately, he missed games in each of the last three years, eight in total, due to ankle, turf toe and pectoral troubles. When on the field, Wagner is an elite player in both real life and IDP terms, combining crushing physicality and DB-like speed to pose a threat in all phases of defensive play. The bottom line is his upside makes him worth the injury risk after he produced at a pace that projects to 136 tackles, three sacks and one pick per 16 games over his first four seasons.
Two years too late, Wagner finally received his first All-Pro honor last season, despite missing five games with a turf toe injury. Even on a defense that has ranked no higher than 27th in snaps each of the last three years, Wagner has been an unstoppable tackle machine, averaging nearly 10 a game last season. Considering he hit triple-digit tackles on just 658 snaps last year, Wagner has 160-tackle upside if he ever sees close to 1,000 snaps, though Seattle's ability to consistently force punts and turnovers make that unlikely. As perhaps the league's most athletic linebacker with 4.46 speed, he also has more upside for sacks and interceptions than his career numbers suggest.
Wagner was, as expected, a big hit in 2013, posting 120 tackles (72 solo), five sacks and two interceptions despite missing two games with a high ankle sprain. Measuring in at 6-0, 241-pounds, Wagner possesses 4.4 speed to go along with elite lower body strength and explosiveness (39.5-inch vertical, 132-inch broad jump), and he possesses blitzing skills very few linebackers can match. That makes him a lethal fit in Seattle's swarming defense, as offensive lines can't account for both Wagner and the defensive line, leaving creases between blockers that allow Wagner to fly to quarterbacks and other ballcarriers. The result has been 259 tackles (158 solo) and seven sacks in his first two years, and there's no reason to think he'll slow down from here. Since Seattle is so good at pressuring quarterbacks, Wagner also gets the opportunity to intercept hurried and off-target passes, something he's done five times thus far in his two-year career. His ankle sprain from last year appears to mostly be a fluke, as he didn't miss a game in any of the four years prior to last, dating back to his days at Utah State. He's a high-floor, high-ceiling IDP investment and a dark horse candidate to finish atop the linebacker IDP point total this year.
If you're the gambling sort, you might want to rank Wagner ahead of James Laurinaitis and perhaps even on a plane similar to Luke Kuechly's. Like Kuechly, Wagner was a rookie last year who, despite possessing much less hype than the Carolina star, quickly established himself as one of the league’s most dominant defenders. Although he began the year in a two-down role, it didn't take long for Wagner to emerge as Seattle's top linebacker, and he finished with 139 tackles (86 solo), two sacks and three interceptions. Wagner is a highly disruptive player with exceptional speed, and he should continue to supplement his high tackle totals with impact plays in coverage and behind the line of scrimmage. And there's actually reason to suspect Wagner can improve on his stats in 2013. He posted those 139 tackles while playing just 849 snaps on defense, whereas Kuechly and Laurinaitis played 923 and 1,080, respectively. If Wagner can approach 1,000 snaps on defense, 160 tackles might come with them.
David Hawthorne's departure leaves the middle linebacker spot open, but Wagner will have to beat out veteran Barrett Ruud. Like Mychal Kendricks in Philadelphia, Wagner has athleticism that rivals that of the typical NFL cornerback – he posted a 40-yard dash of 4.46 seconds at his pro day while adding a 39.5-inch vertical. A gifted blitzer, Wagner should be a frightening presence in an amorphous Seattle front seven that is loaded with versatility and speed. Wagner finished his last 37 games at Utah State with 394 tackles, including 26.5 for a loss. He just needs to get on the field.
More Fantasy News
Awaiting extension
LBSeattle Seahawks
May 21, 2019
Wagner will not participate in OTAs unless he receives a contract extension, Liz Mathews of USA Today reports.
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Contract extension talks run cold
LBSeattle Seahawks
May 4, 2019
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.
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Discussing extension
LBSeattle Seahawks
March 27, 2019
Coach Pete Carroll said the Seahawks and Wagner have opened discussions on a contract extension, Brady Henderson of reports.
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Makes five stops in playoff loss
LBSeattle Seahawks
January 8, 2019
Wagner made five tackles in Saturday's playoff loss to the Cowboys.
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Caps off another massive season
LBSeattle Seahawks
January 3, 2019
Wagner made 12 tackles (nine solo) in the season finale versus the Cardinals.
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