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Former Seahawk Bobby Wagner explains how he signed with Rams

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Rams All-Professionals Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey led the preliminary recruiting effort that ultimately drew Bobby Wagner to signal with the group.

That was solely one of many highlights that Wagner, who grew up within the Inland Empire, revealed throughout an introductory information convention Monday.

Common supervisor Les Snead and coach Sean McVay are scheduled to additionally handle reporters, however listed here are some takeaways from Wagner’s videoconference:

The six-time All-Professional with the Seattle Seahawks was drawn to the Rams by their creativity and successful tradition:

“Clearly, you just like the cross rush,” he mentioned. “There’s simply a lot expertise from prime to backside. I assumed it will be a superb place to be and being dwelling and being on an awesome protection was one thing that was fascinating to me.

Donald and Ramsey reached out instantly after Wagner was launched by the Seahawks:

“You watch it and admire it from afar,” he mentioned. “You understand [the Rams] are prepared to do no matter they’ll to win. However I feel too is you could have guys like that, gamers like that, which can be All-Professionals in their very own proper attain, out to you and wish to group up.”

He mentioned Donald and Ramsey instructed him they admired his recreation:

“And if there was a possibility to come back to L.A., I ought to test it out,” he mentioned. “And that’s what I did.”

Wagner, who serves as his personal agent, thought he by no means would go away Seattle:

“However as quickly as they let me go, you must type of separate the feelings of a participant and an agent,” he mentioned. “I may very well be pissed off as a participant however on the finish of the day I had a job to do to attempt to determine the place my subsequent dwelling was going to be. … The participant type of took it personally however the agent went to work. … It was undoubtedly traumatic since you been in a spot for 10 years and there was this concept that you just didn’t assume you have been going to go away.”

Wagner doesn’t have “hate” in his coronary heart for the Seahawks. He needed to remain near dwelling and play in entrance of household. To have the ability to play towards them twice a season was the “cherry on prime”:

“I’ll make certain [the Seahawks] see me each time we play them,” he mentioned, “in order that they’ll know the place I’m at and I’ll make certain I inform them. It received’t be a quiet recreation for me.”

On how he was unceremoniously launched with no name from the Seahawks:

“After 10 years it may have been a easy dialog,” he mentioned. “Even when they needed to go in a unique path. … I’ve proven the potential of dealing with powerful conversations. We had powerful conversations all through my 10-year profession there so it [would have been] simple to simply choose up the telephone and name.”

Wagner mentioned his relationship with the Seahawks will likely be mended sooner or later. He mentioned he had “no hatred” towards Seattle or the Seahawks and that he was handled effectively by coach Pete Carroll, basic supervisor John Schneider and the group. He texted them to allow them to know he didn’t recognize the shortage of communication on the finish. However that will not be a supply of motivation. Nonetheless, he additionally added …

That recreation in Seattle will certainly be fascinating for certain.”