Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett revealed he has been a target of racist comments while playing football. The Seahawks have had to deal with multiple incidents involving the NFL and its players in recent years, leading some fans to wonder if there might be an underlying issue that is causing these issues.
Rich Eisen, the host of NFL Network’s “NFL Sunday Countdown” and ESPN’s “Monday Night Countdown,” said that Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner’s season-ending injury was a gut-punch to every Seahawks fan.
Over the last several days, the Seattle Seahawks have experienced a significant metamorphosis. First, they parted ways with long-time franchise quarterback Russell Wilson, who was moved to the Denver Broncos. Then they released Bobby Wagner, a long-time franchise linebacker.
Wilson and Wagner were two of the main players in Seattle’s 2014 Super Bowl victory. They’ve also helped kept the organization relevant and in the postseason picture over the last several seasons.
Both are now gone, and the Seahawks have plainly decided to rebuild like a tank. Gone are the days of retooling and rerunning processes in the hopes of achieving a better outcome. Instead, the Seattle front office is essentially dismantling everything and starting again.
Bobby Wagner’s release came as a surprise.
According to a source, the Seahawks have told eight-time All-Pro and Pro-Bowl LB Bobby Wagner, a team legend, that he will be released.
Wagner came in Seattle on the same day as Russell Wilson in 2012, and he is leaving on the same day as Wilson today. Seattle has seen the end of an era.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 9, 2022
Wilson’s trade to Denver was clearly the more significant of the two trades. It’s not simple to replace a potential Hall of Fame quarterback, particularly in today’s NFL.
It’s worth noting, though, that this was a move that the majority of the NFL media expected. Wilson has been the subject of trade rumors for more than two years, and multiple publications had leaked that he will be sold this offseason. It was still a box office smash. Most NFL fans, on the other hand, expected this to be a game-changing play.
Seattle, on the other hand, cut Wagner with little notice. There were no reports about his being traded or any efforts to do so. Seattle just terminated his contract and released him onto the open market.
Rich Eisen, an NFL radio broadcaster, weighs in on the Seahawks’ decision to cut Bobby Wagner.
Rich Eisen, a famous NFL radio presenter, dubbed the Seahawks’ release of Wagner a “gut-punch to every Seahawks fan” during his discussion of the team’s recent flurry of moves.
Eisen’s viewpoint is likely to resonate with a large number of unhappy Seattle supporters. If the Seahawks’ long-term strategy is to sink, it makes sense for them to release Wagner. However, it was the speed with which the maneuver was executed that was so stunning.
Seahawks supporters had hardly recovered from the news that Russell Wilson would no longer be their starting quarterback before discovering that their franchise middle linebacker would also be released.
What does the future hold for Seattle?
Getty Images/Steph Chambers/Bobby Wagner
For Seattle and its supporters, the journey back to relevance will be long and winding. Wilson must be replaced as quickly as possible by the franchise. It must also begin to assemble a roster around the quarterback.
A wobbly offensive line, a subpar rushing game, and a regressing defense were among the key reasons Wilson began to want out in the first place. The Seahawks must do a better job of obtaining and maintaining great players if they want to have more success with their next franchise quarterback (whenever he comes).
Regardless, Seattle has now lost two of the franchise’s most beloved players. It will have to strive considerably harder to recover its fan base’s trust and enthusiasm.
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