Rick Wagner poised for big payday in free agency

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Tackle Rick Wagner comes in at No. 24 on PFT’s list of this year’s top 100 free agents and it looks like several teams around the league will have him higher than that on their own shopping lists.

Wagner is coming off a strong year with the Ravens, who drafted him in the fifth round of the 2013 draft and installed him as a starter the next year. A return to Baltimore doesn’t appear to be in the cards.

Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reported over the weekend that “the ship has sailed” on Wagner because of how much money the Ravens expect he’ll be offered on the open market. Mike Garafolo of NFL Media reported Tuesday that Wagner will “blow the lid” off the top of the market for right tackles.

Lane Johnson of the Eagles is at the top of that group with a deal averaging $11.25 million a year, but that deal reflects the team’s expectation that he’ll wind up at left tackle before the deal is out. Bryan Bulaga of the Packers, Mitchell Schwartz of the Chiefs and Marcus Cannon of the Patriots all average between $6.5 million and $6.75 million.

Garafolo names the Vikings, Lions, Bears and Texans as potential bidders for Wagner’s services. A clearer picture of where he’s headed should come into focus over the next couple of days.

9 responses to “Rick Wagner poised for big payday in free agency

  1. Once again another team that can’t draft will overpay a player the Ravens developed while not getting their value and the Ravens will not have an effective replacement. Seems about right.

  2. A team could put together a fantastic offensive line, using current NFL/former Wisconsin Badgers only.

    LT — Joe Thomas
    LG — Kevin Zeitler
    C– Travis Frederick
    RG — Rob Havenstein
    RT — Ricky Wagner

    Impressive to see that many quality players from UW doing well in the NFL.

  3. How is Ozzie Newsome still employed?

    Since winning the SB in 2012, which was 5 years ago, the franchise has been spinning out of control, getting worse and worse every year, even if in small increments.

    And, it’s clearly because of the swful Flacco contract, which has ironically sent 75% of the NFL into a cap hell.

    I mean, Houston pays Osweiler 18 mil and the Bears are talkingt 15 mil per for Glennon?


  4. Not sure I want him with the Vikings. His price is going to be too high and there will be other options out there with better value contracts.

  5. If Wagner leaves, the Ravens will need to get a replacement free agent for the OL, such as Mangold, Lang, Zeitler or Vollmer. They have Yanda, Stanley and a promising Alex Lewis. They could probably draft an OL to fill one spot, but with the poor play of Zuttah the past year and a half, they simply cannot rely on starting two rookies.

  6. Going the route of Free Agents is what got the Ravens into the cap issues they have now. We can’t keep paying that kind of money to guys that aren’t going to be long term solutions.

    We need to draft better, period. I love Ozzie as much as the next Ravens fan, but I think he is on the downside of his career as GM. DeCosta has been mentoring for long enough now. I’d like to see what he can do.

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