After all, he claims he said to Russell Wilson during a call that “Nah, my heart is in Seattle.”
Unfortunately, the team where he played for a decade released him.
That decision must have blindsided him because he wanted to finish his career where it started.
But with much left in his tank, he decided to join the Rams.
Meanwhile, Wilson canceled his no-trade clause to continue his career with the Denver Broncos.
However, Denver had the opportunity to have both Wilson and Wagner.
It’s just not that Wilson actively recruited him, as Wagner tweeted.
To clarify – Russ wasn’t recruiting me, just two close friends talking. We both talking about wanting to stay in seattle. Just didn’t happen that way. https://t.co/9Z2Kk8Hi5y
— Bobby Wagner (@Bwagz) April 20, 2022
To paint the picture, Wilson called Wagner before the trade to Denver.
He asked if Wagner would join him with the Broncos.
The Utah State alumnus clarified that what went down wasn’t a recruitment pitch.
Wagner said, “To clarify – Russ wasn’t recruiting me, just two close friends talking. We both talking about wanting to stay in Seattle. Just didn’t happen that way.”
You can’t fault them for having such discussions because they came to the Seahawks the same year.
As leaders of their respective units, they know how each other feels.
But leaving Seattle could turn out to be a blessing for both of them.
Wilson And Wagner Boosting Their New Teams
In Wilson, the Broncos finally have the quarterback to take their offense to greater heights.
Throw running back Javonte Williams into the mix, and they should at least make the playoffs.
Anything less than that will be a disappointment.
Meanwhile, Wagner completes an elite defensive unit with an All-Pro at every level.
Three-time Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald leads the pass rush while Jalen Ramsey anchors the secondary.
If all goes well, Wilson and Wagner can face each other in Super Bowl LVII.