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Washington Commanders legend says Bobby Wagner brings ‘instant credibility’

Washington Commanders legend says Bobby Wagner brings ‘instant credibility’

In July 2023, it was common for the Washington Commanders’ linebacker group to rank at or near the bottom of the league.

If you come across a 2023 preseason linebacker rankings, you probably won’t find any Commanders there. But you will probably see Bobby Wagner’s name, and maybe even Frankie Luvu’s.

Today, both men are in Washington and the linebacker group is receiving high marks and projections ahead of the 2024 season. Legendary linebacker London Fletcher says Wagner alone brings something to the table when he joins the team.

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Washington Commanders linebacker Bobby Wagner

October 25, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Seahawks middle linebacker Bobby Wagner (54) walks to the locker room after a 13-10 loss to the New Orleans Saints at Lumen Field. Mandatory Photo Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports / Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

“Future Hall of Famer, consistent Pro Bowler, consistent All Pro, he still brings playing ability even at age 34.”

London Fletcher on Bobby Wagner

“Man, you’re talking about instant credibility,” Fletcher told Michael Jenkins and Fred Smoot on the in-house Commanders show titled Get loud. “What a difference a year makes when you consider where our linebackers were last year, as you mentioned, one of the worst in the league, and this year, considered number one by some people, Bobby, future Hall of Famer, all-time Pro Bowler, all-time All Pro, he still brings playmaking ability even at 34 years old. He reminds me of myself when I went to DC, I was 32 years old when I signed with Washington. I brought him there primarily because of his leadership. He’s a great leader. He’s played great defense. He knows how to run the system that (head coach) Dan Quinn wants to run… And he’s still a high-level playmaker.”

You may remember that when quarterback Sam Howell was traded from Washington to the Seattle Seahawks, there was talk of how impressed they were with him in the 2023 game. In that same game, Wagner totaled 10 tackles, half a sack, and defended two passes. It’s safe to say that the Commanders coaches and executives in attendance confirmed how impressive Wagner’s resume already was.

The two teams have now merged and the Commanders hope that Wagner’s leadership and game intelligence will benefit them this season, but also rub off on younger linebackers like Luvu, who already has a multi-year deal, and Jamin Davis, whose contract is expiring.

Even rookie Jordan Magee could learn a lot in just one season with Wagner as his coach. And if it’s just one season, next year will likely be a lot different than this one, just as this year is a lot different than last.

But while Wagner is here, the entire DMV is celebrating, and the people who know best how much impact a single player can have believe this move will really change things in Washington.

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