Another top free agent has joined this year’s class of possible Atlanta Falcons targets with the Rams and Bobby Wagner parting ways. Wagner joined the Rams thinking they would still be the team that won the Super Bowl a year ago not the Baker Mayfield-led disaster they were at the end of the season.
The Rams went all in to win a Super Bowl and are now paying the price. One the Falcons would gladly pay if it resulted in an ever-elusive first ring. While the team still has Matthew Stafford and Aaron Donald under contract the team is clearly in need of a rebuild.
Rashaan Evans is set to hit free agency leaving the Falcons relying on Troy Andersen and Mykal Walker to play bigger roles in the 2023 season. Wagner would fit in the middle of the Atlanta defense and be a great piece to help Atlanta take a step forward.
However, it seems incredibly unlikely that Wagner would sign with the Falcons considering he just left a Rams team that has more proven talent on the roster. While it is obvious the Falcons and Rams are headed in opposite directions Wagner leaving is likely so the linebacker can land with a team he believes can contend for a championship.
That combined with the development of Walker and Andersen makes this a very unlikely fit. Atlanta would be better served to add veteran depth and add more talent in the draft at the position. Allowing their current options to compete and prove they can take on a bigger role. As exciting as adding Wagner would be it isn’t Atlanta’s biggest position of need on defense and doesn’t make sense for either side considering where Wagner is in his career and what Atlanta needs to accomplish this off-season.