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After playing against Bobby Wagner for 10 seasons, the LA Rams didn’t initially buy his fascination with signing using them as a free of charge agent this offseason.
Rams general manager Les Snead told Gary Klein of the LA Times that he thought the original text he received from Wagner in March was a hoax.
“I believe he signed off as Bwagz,” Snead said, “and Im like, ‘OK, is this real?'”
In accordance with Klein, the Rams were one of the teams Wagner messaged who thought these were being pranked by someone with a fake number.
“Everybody thought it had been a fake,” Wagner told Klein.
One reason behind the uncertainty is basically because Wagner, unlike most players, does not have a realtor and chooses to represent himself.
Klein noted the Rams weren’t initially likely to sign Wagner since they didn’t have an area for him, nor did they will have the cap space open to add what he’d command on the open market.
Snead eventually worked things out with the cap and got Wagner to sign a five-year, $50 million contract. Richard Sherman, Wagner’s former teammate, tweeted the Baltimore Ravens “made a final (minute) push” to sign the eight-time All-Pro linebacker before LA closed the offer.
Wagner spent the initial 10 years of his career with the Seattle Seahawks. He was among the key players on the defense through the “Legion of Boom” years and continued to play at a higher level from then on group split up.
With the Seahawks taking their roster in another direction this year, Wagner premiered by the team in March. The 32-year-old produced like among the best linebackers in the NFL in 2021, earning second-team All-Pro honors after recording 170 combined tackles, three tackles for loss and five pass breakups in 16 starts.