Given his ties to former Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, it’s no surprise that veteran linebacker Bobby Wagner has been in talks to potentially come to the Dallas Cowboys after being cut by Seattle. Frustratingly, the narrative has changed practically every day. At first, the reports were that the Cowboys were heavily going after him. Then, the talk was that he was far too expensive and there was no way it was happening. Now, the thought of him coming to Dallas still lingers, but he has gone to visit both the Los Angeles Rams and Baltimore Ravens.
The problem is that we already know that Stephen and Jerry Jones love to shop the bargain bin in free agency. They have yet to make any sort of splash signings this year and have remained almost entirely in-house. It’s shocked many that Wagner has yet to sign a contract in free agency. However, this reality now may make a bit more sense given new information that has come to light. Peter King from NBC Sports is reporting that Wagner is looking for a one-year deal worth $11 million. That’s quite the price tag and certainly not one the Cowboys are likely looking to pay.
But with defensive end help now needed with the absence of Randy Gregory and the need for a solid starting linebacker (not Leighton Vander Esch) to allow Micah Parsons to be the swiss army knife that he is, signing someone like Wagner would certainly be helpful. The hope is that as more time passes without the linebacker signed, the more he will be willing to let up on that number. In theory, the Cowboys could certainly offer him somewhere between $7 and $9 million and give him a signing bonus.
After more than two weeks of being on the free market, Wagner still remains one of the top talents on the list. He is an 8x Pro Bowler, 6x All-Pro, a Super Bowl champion, and a proven ten-year veteran. With new reports about what kind of money he is asking for, it seems like the only reason he hasn’t signed is because of his own valuation of himself. The interest is certainly there, it’s the money that isn’t.
Bobby Wagner is reportedly desiring an asking price of $11 million for a one-year deal in free agency. Will the Cowboys even bother making him an offer?
Aside from his visits to the Rams and Ravens, the 32-year-old has also garnered interest from the 49ers, Cardinals, and of course, Cowboys. The Rams reportedly had high interest in the former Seahawk, but simply couldn’t agree to his lofty price tag.
So, will Wagner adjust? It’s certainly bizarre for a top player to still be unsigned this far into free agency. But clearly, the teams that are interested in him aren’t willing to pay what he’s asking for. If the Cowboys can get him down $2-3 million, this deal would be a huge victory for the Dallas defense. As of right now, it doesn’t look like the veteran will be getting what he’s asking for anytime soon.