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Seahawks finalize 4-year $43 million contract extension with LB Bobby Wagner

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SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks and Bobby Wagner have finalized a four-year contract extension that keeps the All-Pro middle linebacker with the club after this season.

Team owner Paul Allen confirmed Wagner’s extension in a tweet late Saturday night.

NFL.com first reported the deal and that it’s worth $43 million which would make Wagner the highest-paid middle linebacker in football.

Wagner was an All-Pro last season and finished second on the team with 104 tackles after missing five games with a painful toe injury.

He’s been Seattle’s starting middle linebacker since being selected in the second round of the 2012 draft.

Wagner said Friday that his deadline for an extension was “now,” and that he briefly considered holding out from training camp to make his point.

The Hawks on Friday came to an agreement with QB Russell Wilson to extend his contract. The deal was reportedly worth $87.6 million, making him the second highest paid quarterback in the NFL — only behind Packers QB Aaron Rodgers.