The Cleveland Browns should go after Bobby Wagner if he’s released.
The firesale is on in Seattle! All veteran players must go! You name the price! At least, that’s what I thought the sign said on the front door of Lumen Field. The firesale kicked off with a trade of 34-year-old Russell Wilson to the Denver Broncos for quarterback Drew Lock, tight end Noah Fant, defensive lineman Shelby Harris, the Broncos 2022 and 2023 first-round picks, their 2022 and 2023 second-round picks, and their 2022 fifth-round pick.
In return, the Broncos get Wilson and a 2022 fourth-round pick.
The Broncos are terrible at getting quarterbacks for a reason and they severely overpaid to get the aging, banged up, Wilson. This will likely blow up in Denver’s face and I, for one, want to see how this goes. That said, this means the Seahawks are likely getting rid of all their top talent if t means saving money or getting draft capital.
Enter Bobby Wagner.
The Seattle Seahawks will likely release Bobby Wagner
Anyone who thinks the Seahawks are going to actually find a trade partner for the 31-year-old inside linebacker, with a cap hit of $20+ million is out of their minds. No team is taking on that cap figure for an aging linebacker. The idea Wagner opts to waste a year of what’s left of his prime on a team that is clearly rebuilding is also unlikely to happen.
No one is paying anything for a $20 million cap hit, and Wagner isn’t waiting around, so yes, expect Wagner to get released and if he does, the Browns should be all over him like a dog on a freshly cooked steak.
Wagner, while not a long-term option, would provide stability for at least a few years in Cleveland and would give Cleveland a three-down linebacker, who wouldn’t have to leave the field. He’d also be an upgrade over Anthony Walker Jr.
With Sione Takitaki and Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah on the team, there isn’t a reason to re-sign Walker and go after Wagner, so it would clearly mark the end of Walker in Cleveland.
Which I wouldn’t have an issue with.