Tuesday was a wild day across the NFL as the dominoes known as Aaron Rodgers and Russell Wilson finally fell. The Green Bay Packers will once again become the back-to-back reigning MVP as Aaron Rodgers will likely end his career with the only team he’s ever played for.
In a relatively predictable gesture Surprisingly, the same can’t be said for Russell Wilson, as the Seattle Seahawks traded him to the Denver Broncos in a move that will become official when the league’s new year kicks off next Wednesday.
What’s happening in Seattle is yet the latest proof that Father Time is undefeated as the last little bit of what remained on the Seahawks’ roster from their Super Bowl XLVIII win – incidentally over the Broncos – has finally been purged. That’s the case because on Tuesday night, just hours after the Russell news broke, the organization released veteran linebacker Bobby Wagner.
Wagner has been one of the best linebackers in the NFL since pretty much his first day and given his affiliation with the current Dallas Cowboys and former Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, a lot of people started to turn. Unfortunately, we have to slow them down.
Bobby Wagner joining the Dallas Cowboys is currently ‘highly unlikely’
Next week will tell us exactly how much linebacker the Cowboys need, as a DeMarcus Lawrence exit could put more pressure on Micah Parsons to spend time on board. Dallas has different avenues to pursue to build up their depth at linebacker like the NFL Draft (where Nakobe Dean is a possibility, also don’t forget Jabril Cox’s return in 2022), but free agency is obviously the one of them.
As true as that is, some things never change, and we’ve been stuck in an eternal time loop with the Cowboys for the past decade when it comes to free agency. In a tale as old as time, that particular idea is “highly unlikely” according to NFL Network‘s Jane Slater. Although ESPN’s Ed Werder pontificated that he expects them to think about it.
It’s my yearly hopes and dreams of ruin #Cowboys in play in FA tweet…Bobby Wagner is now this season’s Earl Thomas but I did my due diligence…they’re not pitching the idea…yet. But as always happens in Dallas…highly unlikely
—Jane Slater (@SlaterNFL) March 9, 2022
Dan Quinn considers Bobby Wagner the greatest linebacker he’s ever coached, so I expect the #Cowboys DC to encourage the front office to pursue Wagner as he becomes a free agent available to sign immediately.
— Ed Werder (@WerderEdESPN) March 9, 2022
Again, linebacker could become a major need (it’s high enough already) for the Cowboys in the coming days. The shallow depth they have behind Parsons is likely going to work during that same time frame. Leighton Vander Esch is set to become a free agent given the Cowboys didn’t pick his fifth-year option for this season a year ago. Jabril Cox is a factor as stated, but other than that the Cowboys are in a position where they could use some help and Wagner could certainly provide it.
Clearly, Dan Quinn knows Wagner well from their time in Seattle, where they won a Super Bowl in dominant fashion on defense. It’s possible that lends itself to this idea of picking up the team, but if there’s a reunion to happen, it might be with another Super Bowl-winning linebacker, because former Cowboys player Anthony Hitchens reportedly “wished” to return to where his career began. .
Don’t get your hopes up. It’s the time of year.