Widely regarded as one of the best linebackers of his generation, Bobby Wagner has entered free agency for the second straight offseason and is reportedly already receiving interest from two well-known spots.
The Seattle Seahawks, where Wagner spent the first 10 years of his career before the team surprisingly released him last spring, are interested in bringing him back. The Dallas Cowboys are also interested in signing Wagner, according to ESPN.
Wagner reached two Super Bowls as a key part of the famed “Legion of Boom” defensive unit under then-Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, who now holds the same role with the Cowboys. He also made his first Pro Bowl run under Quinn’s tutelage in 2014, before Quinn left to become head coach of the Atlanta Falcons.
However, Wagner’s star only rose from there as he made the Pro Bowl in each of the next seven seasons and was named a first-team All-Pro five consecutive seasons from 2016-2020. leading the NFL in total tackles in 2016 and 2019.
Wagner returned to his native Southern California after the Seahawks cut him last year, signing with the then-Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams. Despite the Rams’ struggles in 2022, Wagner continued to play at an elite level, reaching double-digit tackles for loss for the third time in his career and making the All-Pro second team. However, Wagner and the Rams “agreed to part ways” in late February as part of the Rams’ rebuild after their title repeat bid collapsed in a dismal 5-12 campaign.
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Shortly after the news broke, Wagner’s former Seattle teammate Quandre Diggs took to Twitter to rally Seahawks fans to support Wagner’s recovery, and the 32-year-old’s support responded .
Wagner is one of the top names remaining on the free agent market at inside linebacker after the Bears agreed to terms with Tremaine Edmunds and TJ Edwards on Monday.
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