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Cowboys Miss Out On Bobby Wagner

When you think of the linebackers in the NFL over the last decade, former Seattle Seahawk instantly comes to mind. A second-round pick back in 2012, Wagner became one of the best players in the NFL. With 1,383 tackles, 68 tackles for loss, and eleven interceptions in his career, it is easy to see why. Perhaps more importantly, he has missed just one game since 2018.

An eight-time Pro Bowler and six-time All-Pro, he was the heart and soul of the Seattle . As such, it was surprising when the team elected to him. After seeing his play fall off a bit in recent seasons, Seattle decided it was time for a total reset after the . Given a 71.8 grade by PFF last season, he was no longer an elite player but was still quite valuable.

Many connected the dots instantly to the Cowboys. At the time, Dallas had not yet re-signed which left them with a hole at the position. Regardless, Vander-Esch has not been the most reliable option in recent seasons and his play has fallen off a bit as well. Not only did they have a spot for Wagner, but Cowboys held the same position in Seattle in 2013 and 2014 where he oversaw Wagner's first All-Pro season.

Bobby Wagner signs with the Rams

“It just didn't work out.” That's how Cowboys COO described the situation with Wagner when asked why they did not sign him. A puzzling statement to give about a player who, at the time, was still a . However, rumors swirled that Jones and the Cowboys refused to go to Wagner's asking price. The had no problem doing so however as they signed the former Seahawk to a robust five-year, $50 million deal.

So where does Dallas go now? Well, that depends on how frugal they choose to be. A marquee franchise in the NFL with a legitimate chance to compete for a championship, it's hard to imagine players would not want to join the team. Alas, they have not been aggressive in for a number of years now so that leaves the situation murky.

Veteran linebackers such as Donta Hightower, Joe Schobert, and Kyle Van Noy are still available to be signed. With all three likely searching for one-year contracts, the Cowboys could likely get one of them for relatively cheap. While they are on the back end of their careers, they would at least give the Cowboys depth at a position of need.

While Dallas claims to be excited about the potential of second-year linebacker , missing out on Bobby Wagner hurts. One of the games' best over the last several years, Wagner instantly gives the Dallas defense some legitimacy. However, due to the tightfisted , he will be playing in Los Angeles as they continue to pull all the stops to be a contender. For the Cowboys, their window is now as well and they need to act like it.


Jason Willis
Jason Willis
Just a guy who loves sports. Writing for The Raider Ramble, Inside The Star, Just Blog Baby, and NFL Draft Lounge. Host of the Can O Corn Baseball Podcast. "My satisfaction is knowing that my desires will not be killed."

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Chuck Wright

“miss out”? Or dodged a bullet?

Did you see his contract? And he’ll be 32 when the season starts, not exactly NFL LB prime. Newsflash, not the resume of a guy you sign to an expensive long term deal

So far the ONLY player Dallas’ D has lost was RG. Bigtime players show up in bigtime games. RGs biggest contributions during the playoff loss were jumping off sides twice on 3rd and short.

Dallas went from last (near last) in NFL D to Top 10 last year. They bring EVERYONE back except RG.

Not worried about Quinn or the D. Today I’m worried about finding a LG, adding future OT depth, seeing if Moore can figure out how to call plays and adding another WR.

James Vargas

I agree with the Front Office on this one. Why pay millions for an aging player ? There are other needs for the Cowboys that needs to be addressed with more urgency. OL as an example.

Cowboys fan

I’m glad we didn’t blow that much money on him!! He was asking for way too much for a player that is already well into his 30s and as you said his play has fallen off a bit!! He’s just not worth that much money!! Not only that, but signing a player like him won’t do anything but stop the progress of our new player in Jabril Cox!! I’m ready to see what he can do next to Micah Parsons!! He was one of my favorite picks in the draft and if it wasn’t for drafting Parsons in the 1st round, I would’ve been happy if we drafted Cox in the 2nd round!! I think we got lucky that he fell to us in the 4th round, and I think he’s gonna show why he should’ve been drafted way earlier than that!! And idk about anybody else, but I’m excited to see what he can do for us!! Especially since he gets the chance to play under a coach like Dan Quinn…. A coach that can get the most out of him!! I do think we need more depth at the position, but we can sign cheaper players for that, or we can draft a LB in the later rounds of the draft!! Either way is fine with me…. But I believe that we dodged a bullet by not signing Wagner…. Especially to that many years for that much money!!


You say “Missed out”. I say dodged a bullet.

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