The Dallas Cowboys just cannot seem to win very much this offseason.
After the Seahawks released Bobby Wagner in surprise fashion earlier this offseason, Wagner immediately became a hot-ticket item on the free-agent market. Teams like the Rams and Ravens were widely reported as his top-two landing spots, but Wagner himself says he had “mutual interest” with the Dallas Cowboys.
The six-time All-Pro LB, who acted as his own agent, says he had conversations with the Dallas Cowboys regarding a potential partnership in 2022. It ultimately came down to the money and the Cowboys not wanting to spend.
“That was a real thing. We had conversations. I love Dan Quinn and have a lot of respect for him. But between their needs and what they were willing to spend we couldn’t agree. But there was mutual interest,” Wagner said, per Jabari Young of CNBC.
“Between the Rams and Cowboys – those are teams that have been around for a long time and have a lot of history,” Wagner added. “Being able to be a part of any of those franchises boosts your notoriety. And I landed on one.”
The Cowboys do not believe in spending big money in free agency and certainly were not willing to get anywhere near the deal that the Los Angeles Rams gave him.
Wagner agreed to a five-year, $50 million deal with the Rams. He had spent his entire 10-year career with the Seahawks after being selected in the second round by Seattle in 2012.
Wagner has earned six first-team All-Pro selections and two second-team nods, with eight Pro Bowl appearances.
Last season, Wagner started in 16 games with a career-high 170 tackles. He’s appeared in at least 15 games in each of the past seven seasons.
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