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LB Bobby Wagner Departs Rams After One Season

24 February 2023, Friday
Bobby Wagner is about to enter the free agent market for the second time in the span of two offseasons, after the Rams announced on Thursday that they are releasing him from their roster. This marks the end of his one-year stint with Los Angeles, following a decade-long tenure in the NFL. Wagner's impending free agency was reported by NFL Network Insider Tom Pelissero, according to a source.

Rams veteran left tackle Andrew Whitworth will not be officially released until the start of the new league year on March 15, NFL Network Insider Mike Garafolo reported. This move gives the 32-year-old the opportunity to explore the free-agent market ahead of the league year.

The move is likely a measure by Los Angeles to free up some salary cap space; the team is currently over $14 million above the cap, according to Over The Cap.

The Rams signed Wagner to a five-year, $50 million contract last April. In total, he received $20 million in guaranteed money, including $10 million upon signing. His 2022 base salary and 2023 roster bonus of $3.5 million were fully guaranteed. According to Over The Cap, the Rams will incur a $7.5 million dead-money hit this year, but would receive $5 million in additional cap space as a result.

Wagner made 17 starts for the Rams in 2022, setting a new career-high with six sacks while recording 140 tackles (10 for losses), two interceptions, and five passes defended.

Before signing with the Rams, Wagner spent 10 years with the Seattle Seahawks. During the span of his 151 games (150 starts), he gained 1,381 tackles, 23.5 sacks, 11 interceptions (including one returned for a touchdown), six forced fumbles, nine recoveries, and one safety. He achieved first-team All-Pro recognition six times and helped the Seahawks to a win in Super Bowl XLVIII in the 2013 season.
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