Rams All-Pros Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey led the initial recruiting efforts that eventually led Bobby Wagner to sign with the team.
That was just one of the highlights revealed by the Inland Empire-raised Wagner at an introductory press conference on Monday.
General manager Les Snead and coach Sean McVay are also expected to address reporters, but here are some takeaways from Wagner’s video conference call:
The six-time All-Pro with the Seattle Seahawks was drawn to the Rams for their creativity and winning culture:
“Obviously you like the pass rush,” he said. “There is just so much talent from top to bottom. I thought it would be a good place to be at home and being on a great defense was something that was interesting to me.
Donald and Ramsey came forward immediately after Wagner was fired by the Seahawks:
“You look at it and admire it from afar,” he said. “You know [the Rams] are willing to do anything to win. But I also think you have guys like that, those players who are all-pros within their own reach who want to join you and band together.
He said Donald and Ramsey told him they admired his game:
“And if there was an opportunity to come to LA, I should check it out,” he said. “And I did.”
Wagner, acting as his own agent, thought he would never leave Seattle:
“But once they let me go, you kind of have to separate the emotions of a player and an agent,” he said. “I could be frustrated as a player, but at the end of the day I had a job to do to figure out where my next home would be. … The player kind of took it personally, but the agent went to work. … It was definitely stressful because you’d been in one place for 10 years and there was this idea that you didn’t think you were going to leave.”
Wagner has no “hate” for the Seahawks in his heart. He wanted to stay close to home and play in front of his family. Being able to play them twice a season was the icing on the cake:
“I will make sure [the Seahawks] see me every time we play them,” he said, “so they know where I am and I’ll make sure I tell them. It won’t be a quiet game for me.”
How he was summarily released without a call from the Seahawks:
“After 10 years, it could have been a simple conversation,” he said. “Even if they wanted to go in a different direction. … I have demonstrated the ability to hold difficult conversations. We had tough conversations during my 10-year career there [would have been] Just pick up the phone and call.”
Wagner said his relationship with the Seahawks will eventually be repaired. He said he has “no hatred” for Seattle or the Seahawks and is treated well by coach Pete Carroll, general manager John Schneider and the organization. He texted them to let them know he didn’t appreciate the lack of communication in the end. But that would not be a source of motivation. But he also added…
“That The game in Seattle will definitely be interesting.”
https://www.latimes.com/sports/rams/story/2022-04-04/bobby-wagner-aaron-donald-jalen-ramsey-rams Former Seahawk Bobby Wagner explains how he signed with Rams