Commanders Secure Bobby Wagner To Establish Defensive Identity Under Dan Quinn


Under the leadership of new general manager Adam Peters, the Washington Commanders have continued their trend of signing underrated free agents, this time securing the talents of future Hall of Fame linebacker Bobby Wagner.

Fresh off his tenth consecutive All-Pro team selection, Wagner’s addition is poised to bolster head coach Dan Quinn’s defensive lineup as he seeks to revamp the team’s defensive performance.

The signing of Wagner marks a reunion between him and Quinn, who previously collaborated during their tenure with the Seattle Seahawks, where Quinn served as the defensive coordinator from 2013 to 2014, a period that witnessed the Legion of Boom’s ascension to consecutive Super Bowl appearances.

Wagner has inked a one-year deal with Washington, boasting a maximum value of $8.5 million, with $6 million guaranteed. His arrival injects a wealth of experience into the Commanders’ roster, crucial for a team aiming to demonstrate significant improvement on Sundays, especially after finishing as the NFL’s second-worst team just a year prior.

One player poised to benefit from Wagner’s veteran leadership is Commander’s cornerback Emmanuel Forbes Jr. Fellow rookie Devon Witherspoon attested to Wagner’s mentorship, acknowledging his influence in their rookie season, which culminated in both players earning Pro Bowl nods.

Despite being 33 years old, Wagner remains a dominant force at inside linebacker, as evidenced by his league-leading 183 total tackles, along with 11 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks last season.

While Washington anticipates drafting the franchise’s future cornerstone with the No. 2 overall pick in the upcoming NFL Draft, Peters’ astute acquisition ensures that whoever joins the team will have Wagner’s guidance and leadership, setting the tone for the Quinn era of the Commanders.