On July 26, 2019, Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner signed a three-year, $54 million contract extension with the Seahawks through the 2022 season with $40.2 million guaranteed. The deal elevated Wagner to being tanned the highest-paid middle linebacker in the NFL.
What makes the deal even more remarkable is Wagner negotiated directly with the team without an agent.
Now this isn’t the part where I tell you that Wagner waltzes into the GM’s office and charms him into the biggest contract in the history of his position.
In actuality Wagner took time to study the NFL’s Collective Bargaining Agreement and several linebacker contracts to gain knowledge about his worth. Once he had the information he needed, he possessed the leverage to get his ‘bag’.
The distance between where we are right now and what we ultimately want in life lies in the trenches of effective, deliberate, and sometimes unconventional work. It’s the unconventional that often yields uncanny results.