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It is the end of an era in Seattle. On the same day the Seahawks pulled the trigger on a trade that sent quarterback Russell Wilson to the Denver Broncos, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the team has informed All-Pro linebacker Bobby Wagner that it is releasing him. This move saves Seattle $16.6 million against the salary cap while also allowing Wagner to immediately sign with a new team before free agency begins next week.
Wagner has spent his entire NFL career with the Seahawks until this point. The former Utah State product was drafted by the team in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft — the same draft in which the team drafted Wilson in the third round.
Out of the gate, Wagner proved to be an impact player for the franchise, as he started in 15 of his 16 games as a rookie and totaled 140 tackles to go along with two sacks. The following year, he helped lead a dominant Seattle defense — famously known as the Legion of Boom — to its first-ever (and only) Super Bowl title with a dominating 43-8 win over the Denver Broncos. In that game, Wagner totaled 10 tackles.