Bobby Wagner definitely felt the Seattle Seahawks should have made clear their intention to move on from him. Wagner, who was an integral part of the Seahawks for the last 10 years, was released by the team this offseason.
After it was announced, Wagner voiced his disappointment on Twitter as he called out the Seahawks for not simply giving him a call and making their intentions clear. "Personally, I think after 10 years, I think it's just a simple communication," Wagner said, per ESPN.
"I don't think it had to be that difficult. I watched their interview. I saw their apology and I'm grateful. But when they said it was because I represented myself, I felt like that part was weak. ... Whether I had an agent or whether I didn't have an agent, I still feel like that was a conversation they could have had.
That's kind of where I stand with it. I'm not going to dwell on it. ... They've already moved on. I moved on, so it is what it is at this point. I just think that after 10 years, it could have been a simple conversation, even if they wanted to go in a different direction.
I don't think me representing myself played any part on my end. It's more on their end. Maybe they didn't want to do it, didn't want to kind of burn that bridge. But I feel like through this process and the last process [negotiating his record $54 million extension in 2019], I've shown the capability of handling the tough conversations that we've had, the tough conversations throughout my 10-year career there.
So it's easy to just pick up the phone. "I shouldn't have had to find out the way I found out. But like I said, it is what it is. I ended up in a great place."
Wagner has 'no hatred' towards the Seahawks
After carefully weighing his options, Wagner decided to sign a five-year, $50 million deal with the Los Angeles Rams.
Wagner noted he can't wait to play the Seahawks twice during the regular season but added he has no hatred towards his former team. "At some point," Wagner said, when asked whether he and Seahawks would mend their relationship.
"I have no hatred towards Seattle. I have no hatred towards the Seahawks. I think Pete, John, [Jody Allen, the team's de facto owner]. All those guys, they're amazing. They treated me well while I was there. So like I said, I have no hate in my heart.
Did I not appreciate how they handled that? I texted them. I let them know I didn't appreciate how they handled it. So it is what it is. It's not something that I'm going to sit here and use as motivation. Regardless of whether I play somewhere else or play there, I'm a motivated person. I don't need extra motivation. "But that game in Seattle will definitely be interesting, for sure."