Los Angeles Rams add another star name as Bobby Wagner joins from Seattle

After an unhappy exit from Seattle, Bobby Wagner joins NFC West rivals and Super Bowl champs Los Angeles to add to their star-studded defence.

The Los Angeles Rams continued their policy if signing big-name players by adding Pro Bowl linebacker Bobby Wagner on an eyebrow-raising five-year deal worth up to a possible $65million.

Wager is now 31 but the Rams still feel there's a lot of football in one of the league's top defensive stars, who was unhappy with his departure from the Seattle Seahawks and now gets to play them twice next season.

Staying in the NFC West was on reason for Wagner to join the Rams ahead of the Baltimore Ravens, but he's also a Los Angeles native and switching to the Super Bowl champions in his hometown also made it a no-brainer.

For the Rams, the lost a future Hall of Famer in Von Miller as he joined the Buffalo Bills in a big-money move, but they've replaced him with another Hall of Fame candidate in Wagner - one of the members of Seattle's infamous 'Legion of Boom' defence that won the Super Bowl.

It's not a like-for-like swap in terms of style of play, but in terms of star power and defensive leadership Wagner will bring just as much as Miller to Sean McVay's champs.

Rams add to star-studded defence

The Rams defence now boast the top two players in the league in terms of All Pro first-team selections to the Pro Bowl, with defensive giant Aaron Donald making seven and Wagner six.

Wagner joins Donald, cornerback Jalen Ramsey and pass rusher Leonard Floyd is a virtual all-star defensive line-up that will again be among the best in the league as LA look to defend the Vince Lombardi Trophy.

Some have questioned a five-year deal for a 31-year-old, but Wagner earned his eighth Pro Bowl selection in 10 seasons last year with a career-best 170 tackles - and he's Seattle's all-time leading tackler with 1,383.

Wagner has led the league in tackles twice and produced 10 seasons with 100 tackles or more, and was named to the NFL All-Decade Team for the 2010s.

He may not have had too many big plays last season, but with the defence that's around him now this unit will set-up plenty of chances for Wagner to make an impact.

Wagner will get Seattle revenge next season

"This will be fun for a lot of reasons," said Wagner in a social media post to reveal his move back to LA.

"I'm excited for this new chapter. I'm excited to be able to come back where it all started and join the LA Rams."

After a decade with the Seahawks, Wagner was upset with how it all ended, with even Seattle head coach Pete Carroll saying the team didn't handle the situation very well.

Although Wagner says he'll remember the Seahawks fans and his 10 years in Seattle fondly, there's no doubt he'll have some extra motivation for those two games against his former team next season.

Wagner is just the latest big-name move by Rams GM Les Snead, who has again been wheeling and dealing to try and keep the Rams on top.

The Rams have signed QB Matthew Stafford to a big new contract extension, and hope to do the same for their defensive lynchpin Donald.

Talented wide receiver Allen Robinson has been signed from the Chicago Bears and the Rams are also looking at brining Odell Beckham Jr back after he played so well in the Super Bowl before injury struck.

The Rams certainly aren't standing still and enjoying their success this offseason.

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