Wahle signed a five-year contract with Seattle on Thursday as the Seahawks load up for a Super Bowl run in Mike Holmgren's final year as coach.
"This works out really well in a multitude of ways," Wahle told Sirius NFL Radio. "They're playoff contenders. Their quarterback's an All-Pro guy ... he's in his prime right now. This is going to be a great experience for my family, and a great experience with the relationship between myself and the Seahawks."
Wahle spent his first seven seasons in Green Bay — he was a second-round pick in the 1998 Supplemental Draft out of the Navy — and his first head coach with the Packers was Holmgren. Beyond that, though, Wahle's parents own a second home in Bainbridge, Wash., which is located across the bay from Seattle, and the family has many relatives living in the Pacific Northwest.
"The Seahawks definitely had a home-field advantage with Mike," agent Neil Cornrich told The Associated Press.
According to Cornrich, the two-time Pro Bowler signed a contract comparable to other starting guards in the NFL, meaning a base salary of about $3 million and likely a hefty signing bonus.
Wahle earned about $18 million in salary and bonuses during three seasons with the Carolina Panthers, who released him on Monday for salary-cap reasons and to make room for younger linemen.
Wahle, who turns 31 next month, will be the fourth player trying to replace All-Pro Steve Hutchinson since he signed with Minnesota after the 2005 season. He's started all 16 games in six of the last seven seasons.
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