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Seahawks, Wagner reach agreement on contract extension

Nov 23, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks middle linebacker Bobby Wagner (54) dances during a timeout against the Arizona Cardinals during the third quarter at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Nov 23, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks middle linebacker Bobby Wagner (54) dances during a timeout against the Arizona Cardinals during the third quarter at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Russell Wilson got his new deal. Now Bobby Wagner has cashed in on his payday, agreeing to a four-year, $43 million dollar extension, according to FOX Sports NFL Insider Mike Garafolo.

The Seahawks announced the signing on Sunday morning.

Wagner had voiced his opinion that his play was indicative of his value, and he should be paid accordingly. Now he is the highest-paid middle linebacker in the league.

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The Seahawks drafted Wagner in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft, where he immediately made an impact. He played in all 16 games, recording 140 tackles, three interceptions and two sacks.

His importance to Seattle was no more evident in 2014. Despite missing five games, Wagner keyed a turnaround for the defense once he returned from injury. Over the last six weeks of the regular season, they allowed just 6.5 points per game.

With the Seahawks locking in their core players both on offense and defense, it would be no surprise to see them as legitimate contenders for years to come.