K.J. Wright wants to keep playing with Bobby Wagner

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After the Seahawks were knocked out of the playoffs by the Cowboys, Bobby Wagner said that fellow linebacker and impending free agent K.J. Wright is a “a guy you should pay” to keep him from moving on to a new team.

Wright has strong feelings about Wagner as well. He cited his teammate as a reason why he hopes to sign a deal that keeps him in Seattle with Wagner until he’s ready to stop playing.

“I definitely want to finish my career playing beside him,” Wright said on SiriusXM NFL Radio. “We know that, Seattle knows that, we’ll just have to see how it turns out.”

Wright has been a fixture in the Seahawks defense for nearly a decade, but dealt with a knee injury that kept him out for most of the 2018 season. Health will be a factor in any Seahawks decision and Mychal Kendricks‘ status could also play a role. The team’s expressed a desire to bring him back, but a delay until April in his sentencing on insider trading charges means that they can’t plan on him being available for next season when free agency starts in March.

14 responses to “K.J. Wright wants to keep playing with Bobby Wagner

  1. Maybe one of the most underrated players of an era. When LOB led the NFL in scoring defense 4 years running he quietly went about his business making every tackle, sniffing out sceens plus covering TE. Bobby hasn’t been hurt too often but when he was out it was KJ who filled in his position and not too much drop off from All Pro. Sadly this year was the first he really missed a majority of games and he is at that 30 age. I hope they can find a way to keep him because only Michael Kendricks is anything close to what he does and nobody knows what the outcome will be on that.

  2. Carroll and Schneider learned their lesson about third contracts to aging defensive vets after the last go round. At a very team -friendly deal? Sure. All depending on Kendrick’s jail time and the 2 young bucks developing right behind him that need snaps. My guess is KJ has played his last down for the 2020 SB Champion Seahawks.

  3. dfwhawkguy says:
    February 8, 2019 at 8:47 am
    Carroll and Schneider learned their lesson about third contracts to aging defensive vets after the last go round. At a very team -friendly deal? Sure. All depending on Kendrick’s jail time and the 2 young bucks developing right behind him that need snaps. My guess is KJ has played his last down for the 2020 SB Champion Seahawks.
    ………………………………
    Good points all the way up til ‘2 young bucks needing snaps’ part. One of them received all the snaps they needed to see game 1 against the Broncos, and the other was getting torched repeatedly while taking plenty of snaps throughout the rest of the season. Either Seattle brings in new young bucks or they better sign 1-2 free agent linebackers. That was a glaring issue on defense when Kendricks and Wright were both absent.

  4. I agree about Griffin’s one game being a disaster. There were multiple bad angles on specials teams leading to big plays the other direction mixed with a big tackle here or there.

    Besides Kendricks, there isnt much at the linebacker position on the roster. Pay KJ OR pay Earl, cant be paper thin at both levels.

  5. if they dont resign KJ wright I really think Bobby wagner willbe upset and wants to leave and demand a trade from seattle… Prediction Bobby wagner to the Pittsburgh steelers

  6. Out of the free agents on the list for the Seahawks to re-sign unfortunately KJ is going to get the short end of the stick, as well as Justin Coleman. If KJ really wants to play along side BWagz the rest of his career he’s going to have to take a pay cut, and honestly I see KJ doing that because he’s comfortable in the system and he’s comfortable playing with these guys, he knows the system well enough where he doesn’t have to run sideline to sideline at blazing speeds anymore, he’s normally in the right spot at the right time. Seahawks will do him a favor and make it a really incentive based contract so if he plays well like he did from 2011-2016 then he’s going to get rewarded, but if he has another injury plagued season then it’s going to be a very minimal damage as far as salary goes for KJ. 3yr/22 mil guaranteed with incentives.

  7. Penny-pinching Mode can make that happen if K.J. Wright accepts a steep home team discount. Say, how about you play for the league minimum for veterans, a one year contract with no guarantee of any kind.

  8. Seahawks management never seems to learn…

    They decimated the O-line after the ’05 super bowl run by letting Steve Hutchinson go, and they repeated the same thing after the 2013 run by trading Max Unger, Sweezy, Glowinski, etc.

    Now the Seahawks will probably break up the Wright-Wagner linebacking tandem, which will hurt the team as much as when it broke up the Hutchinson-Jones O-line tandem.

    George Santayana is rolling over in his grave…

  9. The comment above is spot on — Wright is under-rated. He will be sought after in free agency by LB-needy teams, and if the Hawks low-ball him, I bet he bolts for a market value contract.

  10. seahawkcritique said: “They… let[] Steve Hutchison go.”

    Actually, no. The Vikings out-slickered the Seahawks by adding a poison-pill clause to their offer to Hutch which made it impossible for the Seahawks to keep him.

  11. played well in the couple games after he came back – – I think he still has some good years left, and would love to see him re-signed to a reasonable 3-yr deal. Not clear to me what his market value will be around the league.

  12. Bring him back, let ET go get a new contract and possibly get a comp pick. Hope Kendrick’s is able to play. If that all worked out, all will be okay with the young fellows able to continue to develop.

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