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Best Remaining Destinations for Rick Wagner in Free Agency

By michael obermuller
The best remaining destinations for free agent tackle Rick Wagner.
The best remaining destinations for free agent tackle Rick Wagner. / Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Green Bay Packers right tackle Rick Wagner is back on the free agent market, and the veteran is actually coming off his best season since 2014, according to Pro Football Focus. In 610 snaps last year, Wagner only allowed one sack and had zero penalties. This yielded a 77.0 overall grade on PFF.

So then why did the Packers release Wagner at the start of the offseason? It's especially surprising when you consider that left tackle David Bakhtiari is recovering from a torn ACL, and will likely miss the start of 2021. One rumor is that Wagner is mulling retirement, but the other obvious answer is cap space (Green Bay currently ranks 26th in the NFL).

Assuming the tackle doesn't call it quits, here are the top landing spots for Wagner in free agency.

3. Minnesota Vikings

Wagner has already played for two NFC North teams (Detroit Lions being the second), so why not make it three? The Minnesota Vikings don't have too much cap to work with, but they need to use their remaining amount of space on a tackle, unless they plan on drafting one in April. Rashod Hill is currently pegged to start at left tackle this season (after Riley Reiff was cut), but the Reiff replacement has never been more than a backup. Wagner could be the perfect bridge tackle for the Vikes.

2. Las Vegas Raiders

Las Vegas Raiders general manager Mike Mayock either cut or traded four of his five starting offensive linemen this free agency period (although he did re-sign guard Richie Incognito after the initial release). That leaves the aforementioned guard and left tackle Kolton Miller from last year's starting lineup. Center Nick Martin has since joined the franchise in free agency. The right side of the line is still in question, and Wagner has flourished as a right tackle. This run-first offense will not work without an experienced man on the edge of this unit, and the Raiders still have enough cap space for a veteran like Wagner.

1. Kansas City Chiefs

I know one way to keep Wagner from retiring — pay him to block for Patrick Mahomes. The Kansas City Chiefs are the perfect destination for both sides. For Wagner, he would immediately have another shot at a Super Bowl, something he came up just short of last year in Green Bay. On the other side, the Chiefs just released Mitchell Schwartz and Eric Fisher, their two long-time bookends. They do have 2020 draft pick Lucas Niang, but he has yet to play an NFL game, and their other options under contract are slim to none. KC is 10th in cap space as of now.

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