Seahawks LB Bobby Wagner’s $14 million contract with the Dolphins looks like a steal
By now, most of you know that Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner is headed to Miami Dolphins, where he’ll make $14.5 million this year, per the NFL Players Association.
And we know the Dolphins are a big fan of Wagner, as the two-time Pro Bowler’s contract was announced Wednesday.
He’ll earn $7.5M this season, $6.5MM in 2019 and $3.5 in 2020, per NFLPA.
In total, Wagner’s contract will pay him $20.4M in the next two seasons.
In 2019, he’ll earn an additional $2.3M and $2M in 2020.
The Dolphins have previously offered Wagner a contract extension, which would be a total of $31M over the next three seasons.
That’s about $17M per year in guaranteed money.
Wagner, who turns 32 in October, will be eligible for a $10M signing bonus and $1M in base salary.
The signing bonus will be $2 million and he’ll get $1.75M in incentives.
That gives him $12.7M in total, with $2MM in base salaries and incentives.
Here’s the deal as it stands now: Signed for $9.8M in 2018, Wagner is coming off his best season as a pro.
He started every game and made a huge impact on the defense, leading the league with 6.5 sacks and 6.3 tackles for loss.
He also finished second in the league in tackles for losses with 12.2.
The Seahawks added another veteran to the interior line when they traded away former Seahawks All-Pro tackle Jared Veldheer.
Wagner is a natural fit for Seattle’s run-heavy scheme, but the Dolphins will also need to get him to play at an above-average level in Miami.
Wagner’s deal is the second largest of the offseason for a defensive tackle in the NFL, and it’s also the biggest in the last two years for an outside linebacker.
The average salary for a 4-3 DE is $4.8 million.
The NFLPA expects Wagner to get a $5.5-$6M contract.
It’s possible the Dolphins could extend him to extend the deal, but it’s unlikely.