Former Seattle Seahawks All-Pro defender Bobby Wagner was one of the standout defensive names of this year’s free-agent team. Wagner, who is underrepresented and self-represented, joined Rich Eisen earlier this week to discuss his journey through the free agency agency and ultimately signing with the Los Angeles Rams .
Wagner signed a five-year, $50 million contract with Rams after playing 10 NFL seasons in Seattle. The Rams are willing to give Wagner the bag, beating out several other franchises for his offerings. Wagner was raised in LA, so that’s one thing the Rams did for them besides obviously just winning a Super Bowl. Dallas is one of the favorite to get Wagner. But of course, things don’t turn out that way for Cowboys fans.
Signing Wagner was like a no-brainer for Jerry Jones, especially when Dan Quinn took on the role of defensive coordinator in Dallas. Quinn was Wagner’s Seattle coordinator during his first three years in the NFL. So if anyone knew how to take Wagner and let him run to the ground, it would be one of the architects of that Super Bowl-winning Seahawks defense.
“We had a a lot of conversation, but they can’t, they don’t really figure it out from the financial situation. But they also have other needs that they want to address first. And they addressed those needs.”
Jerry actually dropped this ball. Sure, Wagner is nearly 32 years old, but last season he scored 93 solos, the most since 2017. It looks like Wagner still has a few good football years left, and Jones dropped that because price too high. But Jones has no problem returning an important situation from his past [cough Ezekiel Elliot cough] more than 12 million dollars by 2022. Someone, please say that makes sense.
This missed opportunity reminds me of all the rumors in 2009 about Ray Lewis potentially leaving Baltimore that offseason for Dallas. Ultimately Lewis stayed with the Ravens as they went on to win another Super Bowl a few years later. I’m not saying Wagner is Lewis, but when that type of game changer is available, you’ve got to do whatever it takes to get the job done if there is mutual interest.
There isn’t any doubt in my mind that Quinn couldn’t have figured out a way to insert Wagner into that Cowboys defense. I know they improved vastly last year, but you can always get better. It’s not like they had a deep postseason run, they got bounced in the Wild-Card round. But of course, Jones didn’t want to figure out how to get Bobby in under the salary cap. Yet Jones gave a big money extended for a wide receiver who likely won’t be ready for the start of the season due to an ACL injury sustained at the end of last season [cough Michael Gallup cough].
During the interview with Eisen, Wagner also commented on the direct (via text message) contact with the general managers, and how some of them didn’t believe it was him at first. He mentioned how they had to verify that it was indeed his mobile number. It sounds a little crazy, but it’s part of the process when you represent yourself.
While Wagner joining the Cowboys would be great, all hope is not lost as Dallas is expected to pick up a pawn (in some fake draft) somewhere in next week’s draft. But the odds of finding a Micah Parsons-type player in consecutive drafts are near-impossible. And finding a college player that will immediately deliver what Wagner once had is unlikely.