Packers agree to terms with Rick Wagner

The former Badger is coming off arguably his worst season as a pro. 

NFL Network has the goods:

The former Badger has been a solid NFL player but is coming off what is probably his poorest year in the league. He struggled in both pass pro and the run game for the Lions in 2019, though he's a bit better in protection overall. He can be a capable starter but will certainly be a noticeable dropoff from Bryan Bulaga. 

I chatted about the signing here:

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Bearmeat's picture

March 16, 2020 at 10:13 am

So Bulaga and Martinez gone for much more money. Good. I like both the bargain bin signings. I hope they bring back Veldheer as well, or perhaps an OT in day 1/2 of the draft.

Still need a WR2 with speed and a run plugging DT. I hope they're both cheap too.

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Samson's picture

March 16, 2020 at 10:31 am

Amazingly, I agree with your entire post especially, "WR2 with speed and a run plugging DT".

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jannes bjornson's picture

March 16, 2020 at 12:22 pm

Still think they go RT in the first round with Wagner filling space for part of the year.

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Stroh's picture

March 16, 2020 at 03:34 pm

Both RT and ILB are still in play at #30, along w/ WR and possilby DT. The signings give the Packers more options to take the BPA at #30 and that they won't be forced to start rookies who need developmet at RT and ILB. Both are good stopgap signings for sure, but certainly not answers, those will still have to come via the draft.

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Guam's picture

March 16, 2020 at 10:25 am

This move certainly frees up some cap space for other additions. Bulaga would likely have cost $12 AAV and Wagner will cost less than half that. I think the Packers still need to draft an OT, but it may not have to be a #1. Not sure what the Kirksey deal is, but doubt it is high given his injury history over the past two years. Maybe a high level IDL or TE next?

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dobber's picture

March 16, 2020 at 11:28 am

It seems to me that Wagner really wanted to be a Packer. This is a very team-friendly deal.

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Samson's picture

March 16, 2020 at 10:27 am

Fast & furious... Gute definitely has a plan going forward.. This is probably another gamble but the whole picture is all that counts. --- The rest of free agency plus the draft is already shaping up to be anyone's guess.

Hope BB can find his next team, maximize his last contract & stay healthy. -- He was a good Packer.

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Guam's picture

March 16, 2020 at 10:27 am

Farewell to Brian Bulaga, He has been a warrior and great Packer for many years and I wish him well wherever he lands.

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KneelYoung's picture

March 16, 2020 at 10:33 am

Might not be a flashy signing but Gutey always gravitates to solid. Solid step toward addressing the RT position without paying $10 plus million. David Baktiari is due to be resigned next year and they won't let him walk. Still draft an olineman in the first 2 rounds. Appreciate what Bulaga has done as a Packer. Blessings to Buluga for his time here. As I always say "Yellow Weasel, hut hut"

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CAG123's picture

March 16, 2020 at 10:39 am

Man two big gamble FA one coming off two injured plagued years and the other his worst as a pro that are both pretty cheap if both work out you might as well give Gute the crown.

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dobber's picture

March 16, 2020 at 11:27 am

They say Wagner is coming off his worst year, but Detroit's OL has been a dumpster fire of injuries and lousy play. If you're playing next to sub-par players, it's going to impact your play.

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jannes bjornson's picture

March 16, 2020 at 03:22 pm

He's on the flank and gets beat with wide , speed rushes one-on-one.

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Lare's picture

March 16, 2020 at 04:53 pm

I wonder what T.J. Lang has to say about Wagner.

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jeremyjjbrown's picture

March 16, 2020 at 10:59 am

Seams like Gute is trying to cover bases so he can do a more risky swing move maybe for a TE or impact ILB.

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dobber's picture

March 16, 2020 at 11:26 am

I think he's done signing ILBs

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Lphill's picture

March 16, 2020 at 11:15 am

Please Kwitnikowski next!!!

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Tarynfor12's picture

March 16, 2020 at 11:17 am

Change is good.

Gute has erased a huge injury/cap risk by not doing the overpay signing of Bulaga and then signed a lesser but healthy Wagner after signing a high injury risk Kirksey to replace the coverage lacking Martinez.

Change is good and while we lose something from both Bulaga and Martinez, we gain from Wagner and Kirksey. It's a gamble but both were necessary for the team as a whole. If either or both return less than what we gave up, so be it, but this cannot be looked at as change for the sake of change, the team needed to play the odds and help itself to move on and forward.

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dobber's picture

March 16, 2020 at 11:25 am

In all, a very solid get for the money. I don't think this changes their need to draft an OT...especially with Bakhtiari coming up next year. But they can be more selective and let the draft come to them rather than forcing the issue. Also answers the question of whether they felt someone like Nijman or Leglue was a diamond in the rough. Wagner is a stopgap until that next drafted OT is ready to play.

It might be that they still pursue Veldheer, but I think they let him go. They need someone who can fill in on the left side if necessary...maybe that swing tackle comes in the draft.

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jannes bjornson's picture

March 16, 2020 at 12:27 pm

The OTs are all bunched in the first round. See what Gutekunst does,but he could be targeting one of these dudes
in the first to cover the future risk.

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packerbackerjim's picture

March 16, 2020 at 01:13 pm

One of my dark horse faves is Lucas Niang, could be there in the 3rd.

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Stroh's picture

March 16, 2020 at 03:47 pm

4 OT are bunched at the top of the draft and out of reach. Jones is a possibility at #30 if available. Jackson and Cleveland are 2nd rd players and Cleveland is a clone of Spriggs, so I would steer clear of him. Jackson is still very young (20 yrs old IIRC) and needs a year in an NFL weight room, but still is a project. Unless they get Jones at #30, they have almost no chance of getting a RT at #30. Both Cleveland and Jackson would be reaches. I'd be fine if they trade down and get Jackson after #40 or so.

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jannes bjornson's picture

March 16, 2020 at 04:02 pm

Pauline has Jackson rated as his #13 player from this draft. Very good footwork like Bhaktiari. Cleveland has gotten good reviews. The Player from Louisiana Tech. I think they want a blue chipper here, not a developmental guy. I don't trust Wagner with Rodger's face side.

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CoachDino's picture

March 16, 2020 at 02:01 pm

This draft is loaded with OTs that have potential but are not Day 1 NFL ready. Should be guys there from the 2nd to 4th round that fall in that category.
Bartech
Niang
Prince
Peart
Cleveland
etc

These guys, IMHO, are a reach in round 1 and early in Rd 2.(Someone will reach as it's such a critical position) Grab and Development one of these guys or two, and you have a guy to take over at RT as well as a back-up for LT. Always nice to have a guy there as well if David B negotiations don't go as planned. I'm a Bartech guy but it's a huge jump to the NFL, though he impressed at the Senior Bowl.

The bet by Gute SEEMS to be that Wagner played hurt in 2019 and should be an average RT in 2020.

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jannes bjornson's picture

March 16, 2020 at 03:20 pm

Still would move for an OT in round one. You don't want Wagner being your starter vs Mack and Hunter, unless the plan is to chip them 90% of the passing downs.

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Darwins Myth's picture

March 31, 2020 at 07:01 pm

OT Ezra Cleveland at #30 wouldn't be a reach because he'll definitely be gone before the Packers #62. IMO, he's also very underrated. If K. Murray, D. Mims, and B. Aiyuk are gone at #30, E. Cleveland would probably me my selection.

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Lphill's picture

March 16, 2020 at 08:31 pm

Mistake signing , that’s two so far.

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Tundraboy's picture

March 16, 2020 at 10:26 pm

Glad to see they are moving on. Part of a plan methinks. what next?

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Darwins Myth's picture

March 31, 2020 at 07:17 pm

At best, Wagner is a backup in the long run, and insurance for if we do bad in the NFL Draft, in the short run, imo. The Packers aren't going anywhere, if Wagner is expected to be our starting RT.

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