As Los Angeles Rams linebacker Bobby Wagner prepares to return to Seattle to play his former team, he admitted Wednesday there would be "a lot of emotions" facing the Seahawks at Lumen Field on Sunday.
One of the reasons, he said, is that playing the Seahawks is "playing the organization that you felt gave up on you."
Wagner felt disrespected by the way the Seahawks handled his release in March, expressing his indignation both on Twitter and privately to the team. He remained upset even after Seattle coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider took public blame for their roles in the matter, saying a few weeks later that Wagner deserved better given everything he'd meant to the Seahawks during his decade in Seattle.
The team had, in fact, told Wagner that he was being released before ESPN's Adam Schefter broke the news. But Wagner had already caught wind of its plans to move on and go with younger players at inside linebacker.
"Yeah, that's on me. I own that," Schneider said at a March news conference.
Carroll interjected to take the blame himself, but Schneider continued: "No, it really is [on me]. I wish I could have handled things better in that regard from a communication standpoint. I owe it to him. The organization owes it to him."