Cowboys potential free agent target Bobby Wagner returning to Seahawks on one-year deal

Wagner returns to Seattle where he spent the first 10 seasons of his All-Pro career.

Free agent linebacker and potential Cowboys’ target Bobby Wagner has agreed to a one-year deal with the Seattle Seahawks, returning to the team by which he was drafted and spent the first 10 seasons of his career.

The Cowboys also showed interest in Bobby Wagner to some extent last March — defensive coordinator Dan Quinn spoke with the eight-time Pro Bowl linebacker directly, lobbing the idea of a potential reunion from their days in Seattle — but talks never grew serious. Ultimately, the team determined, Wagner’s services came at too great a financial cost.


He signed a five-year, $50 million contract with the Los Angeles Rams. That deal lasted only one season, as the Rams officially released Wagner earlier this month.


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Improving on the defensive side of the ball was a primary goal for the Cowboys this offseason, and they’ve done so to an extent. Dallas has secured deals to bring back both LB Leighton Vander Esch and safety Donovan Wilson and traded for All-Pro CB Stephon Gilmore just in the past few weeks.

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Vander Esch, Micah Parsons, Damone Clark and Jabril Cox are the top returners for the Cowboys at linebacker. Parsons worked more at defensive end than linebacker in 2022. Despite long-term promise shown, Clark appeared only on special teams in the Cowboys’ two playoff games. Cox was a healthy scratch.

Wagner will turn 33 in June. Still, he played at an elite level for the Rams, totaling 140 tackles with six sacks and two interceptions while playing every defensive snap in 15 of 17 games.

Improving against the run is an emphasis for a Dallas defense that, with more early-down success, hopes to increase the number of opportunities for its pass rush. The defense created pressure on an NFL-best 43.2% of opponent dropbacks in 2022, per Pro Football Focus.


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