Houston Texans free agent wishlist: Bobby Wagner worth signing

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The all-time leading tackler for the Seattle Seahawks appears to be in his final days in the emerald city.

Bobby Wagner has been one of the best linebackers in the game, and he’s been one of the Seattle Seahawks’ leaders for quite some time. Wagner could be a cap casualty if kept on the roster heading into the 2022 season, with a total of $16M due to him. Seattle could save that if they release him before the new league year.

With Seattle most likely entering a rebuild and are seemingly going to blow everything up and start again, this is exactly where the Houston Texans could swoop in and get one of the best players in the game.

Wagner is only 31 years old. and has slowed no sign of slowing down at all in his career. In fact in last week’s game against the Chicago Bears, he broke his own franchise record combined tackles in a season.

The Houston Texans need a replacement for Zach Cunningham

After the fire sale started this year by the Houston Texans general manager Nick Caserio, the Texans need a replacement for Zach Cunningham, who is now in Tennessee. The NFL’s salary cap is set to increase by a record amount in 2022, so spending a little more for a quality player wouldn’t be such a bad thing.

Wagner may not be an every-down player, but being able to split time Kamu Grugier-Hill may just be a way to make this linebacking corps better. Seattle is looking towards the future with Jordyn Brooks as Wagner’s replacement, and Wagner could want a big contract since he already has a championship ring from his Super Bowl XLVIII victory over the Denver Broncos.

It never hurts to offer a desirable contract to a good free agent- what’s the worst thing that happens? That Wagner says “no”?

Caserio should be ready with the contract and the pen. Go improve the defense.

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