Wagner return unlikely, but Hawks have other options

Q&A series: We take a look at some big questions about the Seahawks’ salary cap situation and roster. 

Today’s question: Should the Seahawks bring back Bobby Wagner?

Bobby Wagner reportedly will be a free agent when the new league begins March 15, and plenty of Seattle fans (and former teammates) would like the Seahawks to bring him back.

That does not seem likely, even though the Seahawks do need two inside linebackers.

Even if Wagner were to forgive the way he was unceremoniously dumped by Seattle last year, the issue remains the same: Money.

Wagner made $10 million with the Rams in 2022 and was an All-Pro for the ninth time. He will want to be paid like one again, and the Hawks already showed last year that they are not interested in paying him.

John Schneider might reach out to Wagner, but the GM said it would be “a minute or two” since he has to wait until Wagner is actually a free agent – that reportedly won’t officially happen until March 15.

But any outreach, if it really happens, might be a mere olive branch over the awkward way Wagner was released last March. It is possible the Hawks, desperate for good front-seven players, might be willing to pay Wagner $8 million to return. But that surely would be the max — if they were even willing to do it.

This is a good year for inside linebackers in free agency, and the Hawks could target a cheaper guy for less than Wagner will want – or an $8 million thumper who is younger and will count less in 2023 on a longer deal.

The Hawks definitely should be adding inside linebackers, but a reunion with Wagner seems pretty unlikely.

Top ILB scheduled to be UFAs
PlayerHt.Wt.AgeProjected APY*
T.J. Edwards6-124226$12M-$15M
Tremaine Edmunds6-525025$9M-$11M
Germaine Pratt6-224526$8M-$11M
Kaden Elliss6-323827$4.7M-$5.1M
Anthony Walker6-124227$1M-$4.4M
Alex Singleton6-224029$8M
Denzel Perryman5-1124031$4M-$9M
Bobby Okere6-123526$7M
*Projections by Spotrac & OverTheCap

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