Bobby Wagner thinks K.J. Wright is “a guy you should pay”

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Linebacker K.J. Wright is among the Seahawks players set for free agency this offseason and he has a big advocate for his return to the team he’s played for over the last eight seasons.

Bobby Wagner has been alongside Wright at linebacker for seven of those seasons and he spent some time stumping for Wright as the team cleared out the locker room following their season-ending loss in Dallas.

“It’s a crazy business,” Wagner said, via ESPN.com. “I watched a lot of guys leave last year, so I don’t know. The right thing to do would be to bring him back. He’s been an amazing teammate, amazing person in the community, he helps young guys, he never held out, he did everything right. Sounds to me like that’s a guy you should pay.”

Wright said he’d love to stay and thinks “it would be in the team’s best interest if I stayed here.” He showed his value in last Saturday’s loss by intercepting a pass in the fourth quarter and making nine tackles in a performance that head coach Pete Carroll said showed how “unbelievably valuable” Wright is to the defense.

That value was mitigated by a knee injury that kept Wright out of 11 games this season and the team will have to decide if that’s a red flag for committing to a future with Wright as a big part of their plans.

20 responses to “Bobby Wagner thinks K.J. Wright is “a guy you should pay”

  1. No chance… Pete’s learned his lesson about 3rd contracts for aging defensive vets. Keep the D young and hungry!

  2. It’s probably going to boil down to two factors. How long Kendricks spends in jail and how much wright is willing to play for. I’m guessing Wright gets extended but at a lower deal than what he thinks he deserves based on his health and the guys we have waiting behind him.
    Wright seems like a guy that would rather stay in Seattle than go get a bigger contract somewhere else. If the Seahawks put enough incentives in his contract to motivate him I bet he signs the lower deal, but Seahawks aren’t going to offer him a lot of guaranteed money this time around.

  3. K.J. Wright has always been an exceptionaal player, leader, and teammate for the Seahawks…he has earned the right to prove his on going value to this team, he needs to be signed to a contract that represents his value to the team.

  4. they should re-sign him, but it’s got to be in the 3 yr $20M range . . .don’t know if that does it.

  5. Pay him, Penny-pinching Mode. You should reward his 7 years of excellent service with a humongous contract. Or you can try to sign Mychal Kendricks for the bare minimum when his legal problems are over. Kendricks is expected to serve a sentence of 6-12 months, which means it is possible he can be available by the start of training camp.

  6. They need KJ Wright more than they need Frank Clark. Keep Wright and let Clark leave as free agent. Franchise tag Wright if necessary. In fact, they should also let Earl Thomas go. He broke the same leg twice, and may not be faster than the safeties they already have.

  7. KJ Wright is an unsung hero. Doesn’t talk just plays lights out football. He was one of the best linebackers his whole career and until recently only hardcore fans knew who he was.

    Seattle does not have his replacement on the roster. The closest thing is Kendricks and nobody knows what the outcome of his trial will be. If KJ is healthy pay him

  8. If Seattle gives Wright a 3 year 30 million extension, that would put 3 players on the payroll at almost 30 million that are basically coaches in Chancellor, Avril, and Wright. Frank Clark played all 17 games, Wright played 4…and only 1 of those at a high level. Clark should sign a 2 year 32 million guaranteed contract with the idea of hitting the market in his prime in 2021.

  9. “Clark should sign a 2 year 32 million guaranteed contract with the idea of hitting the market in his prime in 2021.”

    Clark will likely make $17 million next year if he’s franchised, and upwards of $20 million if he’s franchised the year after that. If he can play those two years for $37 million and then could not be franchised again (because of the prohibitive cost), why would he sign a two year deal for $5 million less?

  10. Let both Wagner and Wright, the latter who can’t cover anyone, both go. Wagner, who outweighs Dak by at least 20 pounds, on a 3rd and 14, collapses at Dak’s feet like some girl trying to tackle. Even Dallas linebackers would have stuck their face into Wilson’s chest. Can you imagine Dick Butkus, or Jack Ham, great linebackers of old, falling to a QB’s feet in a tackle attempt?!!!!! Both Wagner and Wright are overrated and overpaid! Trade them both for draft picks, \which the team doesn’t have, and lower the CAP.

  11. harrisbarton says:
    January 9, 2019 at 8:21 pm
    “Clark should sign a 2 year 32 million guaranteed contract with the idea of hitting the market in his prime in 2021.”

    Clark will likely make $17 million next year if he’s franchised, and upwards of $20 million if he’s franchised the year after that. If he can play those two years for $37 million and then could not be franchised again (because of the prohibitive cost), why would he sign a two year deal for $5 million less?
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    Because it’s guaranteed. Franchised at 17 is a one year deal. If he blows a knee out week 10, he won’t garner 20 million the following year let alone 17.

  12. The Seahawks should pay him. Sadly I could see SanFrancisco swooping him up if he doesn’t find a team closer to his college or the Hawks.
    He is a quiet producer and those are hard to come by. He doesn’t make waves, just great plays and reliable tackling. We lose half of the field when he isn’t there.

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