In this Jan. 5, 2020, file photo, Seattle Seahawks middle linebacker Bobby Wagner (54) reacts during an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the Philadelphia Eagles in Philadelphia. At this point of his career, Bobby Wagner is among those who almost expect the Seattle Seahawks to make some sort of splash at an unexpected time. Whether it was past moves to go get the likes of Duane Brown or Jadeveon Clowney, or last Saturday’s massive trade that brought Jamal Adams to Seattle, it’s not really a surprise anymore to the Seahawks star linebacker. (Chris Szagola/Associated Press file)

In this Jan. 5, 2020, file photo, Seattle Seahawks middle linebacker Bobby Wagner (54) reacts during an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the Philadelphia Eagles in Philadelphia. At this point of his career, Bobby Wagner is among those who almost expect the Seattle Seahawks to make some sort of splash at an unexpected time. Whether it was past moves to go get the likes of Duane Brown or Jadeveon Clowney, or last Saturday’s massive trade that brought Jamal Adams to Seattle, it’s not really a surprise anymore to the Seahawks star linebacker. (Chris Szagola/Associated Press file)

Wagner thrilled by addition of Adams to Seahawks defense

By Tim Booth | The Associated Press

RENTON — At this point of his career, Bobby Wagner is among those who almost expect the Seattle Seahawks to make some sort of splash at an unanticipated time.

Whether it’s past moves to get the likes of Duane Brown or Jadeveon Clowney, or last Saturday’s massive trade that brought Jamal Adams to Seattle, not much really surprises the Seahawks’ star linebacker anymore.

“[GM] John [Schneider] always likes to make moves, man,” Wagner said Wednesday. “He always does the best he can to make sure we have a great team and he’s going to make any moves possible to do that. So I’m excited about it.”

Wagner was given more help on the defensive side when the Seahawks landed Adams last weekend by sending two future first-round picks and veteran safety Bradley McDougald to the New York Jets. It was a surprising maneuver by the Seahawks, not so much for their willingness to do it but for the amount of capital it took to land the 24-year-old safety coming off an All-Pro season.

Wagner doesn’t really care about the draft picks Seattle had to surrender. He just knows his job likely got easier.

“I’ve always admired his game from afar. Likewise mind. So excited to have him on the team, excited that we’re able to kind of get that going,” Wagner said. “Obviously it’s another playmaker on the field, another guy you have to respect. So he’ll get a little bit of attention.”

Wagner’s ninth training camp — and one unlike any previous camp — got underway Tuesday when the Seahawks reported for their first round of COVID-19 testing. Once the Seahawks begin their team activities, there is a lengthy to-do list for their defensive captain.

There’s getting Adams acclimated to Seattle’s defensive system and figuring out the best ways to use the versatile safety. There’s helping rookie first-round linebacker Jordyn Brooks get used to the NFL.

Perhaps most importantly, there’s Wagner using his influence to make it clear to teammates that this season needs to be approached differently.

“This year is going to be a year that we’ve never experienced, especially for rookies. Rookies don’t even know what to expect going in and it’s going to be nothing like any of us has seen before,” Wagner said. “I think discipline is gonna be the biggest thing. Understanding we’re not going to be able to do the things that we normally do. And we have to think about not just ourselves, but our families, other people’s families and understand if we do something reckless or do something that goes against what we’re trying to do, it doesn’t just affect you and your family, it affects everybody else.”

From the standpoint of personal responsibility, Wagner joked that being in Seattle with its relatively tame nightlife — especially with most bars and restaurants locked down for indoor service — could have its advantages in keeping players in line.

“Again, it’s gonna take a lot of discipline to get this done, and really being on top of everybody and really just keep pushing their message. … Luckily we’re in Seattle, so there’s not really any clubs or things of that nature to go out to. But just understanding you need to be more conscious of your surroundings, you have to really be mindful of who you trust,” Wagner said.

More in Sports

OUTDOORS: Hog quest fulfilled by 30-plus pound king off Neah Bay

ARLINGTON ANGLER JOHN Nunnally reeled in the fish of the week, a… Continue reading

About 30 hardy cyclists from the Victoria area came across on the early Coho ferry Monday to ride up to the top of Hurricane Ridge on Canada Day, the anniversary of the 1867 effective date of the country’s constitution. The cyclists make the round trip in about 4 hours in time for the return ferry ride back home, including this group on First St. in Port Angeles. The yearly trek has been happening for about 20 years and is organized only by word of mouth through various cycle shops in the greater Victoria area.
Annual Ride the Hurricane set for Sunday

Hurricane Ridge will be temporarily closed to motor vehicle traffic

PREPS: WIAA shuffles seasons; moves may not matter

The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association announced a handful of updates… Continue reading

OUTDOORS: Sekiu switching to silvers

Cooler weather may have impact on bear hunting

Wagner thrilled by addition of Adams to Seahawks defense

At this point… Continue reading

Most Read