Kirkland, Wash. - The Seattle Seahawks have signed linebacker Bobby Wagner to a contract extension through the 2015 season, the team announced this afternoon. The deal includes the remaining two years on his original contract, plus six additional years.
Selected in the second round (45th overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft, Tatupu was the sixth linebacker chosen after Shawne Merriman (SD), Derrick Johnson (KC), David Pollack (Cin), Barrett Ruud (TB) and Kevin Burnett (Dal). He became just the second player in Seahawks history to be named to the Pro Bowl in his first three seasons in the league (Fredd Young, 1984-87).
Until his arrival in 2005, Seattle used a different starting middle linebacker from 1999-2004. During his time, he became the first Seahawks player since Chad Brown (1997-99) to lead the team in tackles three straight seasons and first since Brown to post 100 tackles in three straight seasons, while earning first-team AP All-Pro honors in 2007 and finishing second to Merriman for the 2005 Defensive Rookie of the Year Award.
Tatupu has started all 48 regular season games in his career and has 337 tackles (262 solo), 6.5 sacks, eight interceptions, returning one for a touchdown, 26 passes defensed, five forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.