The Dallas Cowboys have a hole to fill at linebacker with Leighton Vander Esch hitting free agency. Vander Esch could command a handsome pay day on the open market as one of the top linebackers, and multiple outlets have reported that there’s been zero progress towards a new deal.
Suffice it to say Bobby Wagner would qualify as a home run replacement.
Wagner was recently released by the Rams, but it had nothing to do with his performance. In fact, he was arguably the top linebacker in 2022. Los Angeles is simply in a transition period, and scrambling to shed salary before free agency.
The Cowboys pursued Wagner last offseason, but were ultimately dissuaded by his high price tag. He wound up inking a five-year $50 million deal with the Rams, and it stands to reason he’ll command something similar this time around despite being a year closer to retirement.
Nevertheless, Dallas is revisiting its interest in the All-Pro linebacker, as insider Jordan Schultz reported the Cowboys and Chargers have called about Wagner. Further, the Seahawks are open to a reunion with the grizzled veteran.
More Cowboys News:
- In a court filing on Friday, Marriott said Michael Irvin, who is suing the hotel chain $100 million in a defamation case after he was removed from Super Bol coverage over misconduct allegations, made unwanted sexual advances toward a female employee — the women who filed the misconduct complaint.
- The documents claim Irvin was “visibly intoxicated” and asked a question that referenced sexual activity with a Black man. “Taken aback by Irvin’s comments, the Victim responded that his comments were inappropriate, and she did not wish to discuss it further. Irvin then attempted to grab the Victim’s hand again and said he was ‘sorry if he brought up bad memories’ for her,” the motion read.
- This document paints a different picture compared to the story told by Irvin and multiple witnesses at a press conference earlier last week. We’ll have further updates as facts and details are made available.
- ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reported Dallas is “trying to figure something out” to keep free agent Donovan Wilson. Wilson was one of the Cowboys’ most important defensive players last season, leading the team with 101 tackles while notching five sacks, 37 defensive stops, and nine QB hits.
- The Rams traded star corner Jalen Ramsey to the Dolphins, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. The Cowboys were listed as a potential suitor for Ramsey, who asked for a trade, and this means they’ll have to turn their attention elsewhere to bolster their cornerback room.
- The Bears traded the No. 1 overall pick in the 2023 draft to the Panthers. Chicago acquired the No. 9 overall pick, a late-second-round pick, a 2024 first-round pick, a 2025 second-round pick, and wideout DJ Moore.
- The Chargers created $40.37 in cap space by restructuring the contracts of receivers Keenan Allen and Mike Williams, and edge rushers Khalik Mack and Joey Bosa. Los Angeles now has $19 million in cap room at its disposal.