K.J. Wright thought he was gone from the Seahawks

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Seahawks linebacker K.J. Wright has spent eight years with the team. He didn’t think there would be a ninth.

I thought ‘[I’m] toast,'” Wright told KJR, via the Tacoma News-Tribune, regarding his reaction to the re-signing of linebacker Mychal Kendricks by the team.

“I honestly thought I was leaving,” Wright said. “I thought I was gone. I was prepping my family. But they found something to make me happy, and I was like, ‘This is a perfect fit for me. Let’s get rolling.'”

He gets rolling with a two-year deal that pays $5 million to sign, along with a guaranteed salary of $1.5 million and a $1.5 million roster bonus. In edition to the $8 million he’ll make in 2019, Wright is due to earn $7 million in 2020.

Injuries limited Wright to five regular-season games in 2018. He also started the wild-card playoff loss to the Cowboys. He has been a full-time starter since his rookie year of 2011, when he was drafted in the fourth round out of Mississippi State.

11 responses to “K.J. Wright thought he was gone from the Seahawks

  1. And we’re all happy you’re back. Now stay healthy this year and get your running mate BWags to get his new contract while there’s still 30m out there in the cap space game.

  2. Drama-free, hardworking players like KJ Wright make one realize just what little punks players like ET and Kam are for the way they behaved over contracts. Good riddance to those two, and welcome back KJ, thank you for setting a great example for our young squad.

  3. I hoped he would be back and now hope he can play the majority of this coming season. If healthy, he is elite. The signing of Kendricks didn’t signal his leaving, especially since it is vastly unknown if Kendricks will be available this or future seasons.

    Glad it got done.

  4. Nobody wanted to sign KJ Wright because his knee is fried which is why he went back to SEA on the cheap. Wright’s knee is to the point he might not even finish this year and rumor is he doesnt have more than 2yrs tops before the knee completely fails. That SEA defense is going to be terrible this year, it is the worst defense in the NFC-W going into 2019 with the least amount of talent in the division. The Hawks have one truly elite player, MLB Bobby Wagner and an above-average player, Frank Clark , who might not even be there next year as he wants a long term deal. Teams are going to carve through the defense with ease next season, the Hawks are a team in decline.

  5. chawk12thman says:
    March 17, 2019 at 6:09 am
    I hoped he would be back and now hope he can play the majority of this coming season. If healthy, he is elite. The signing of Kendricks didn’t signal his leaving, especially since it is vastly unknown if Kendricks will be available this or future seasons.

    Glad it got done.
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    What a joke, KJ Wright is definitely NOT an Elite WLB. All 31 other teams in the NFL passed on the guy for a reason, his knee is done and he cannot pass a physical anywhere else, no one else is going to take that risk. Wright ranked as the 28th LB in the league last season via PFF and was terrible in coverage, that knee is to the point he might not even make out of the season as it’s fried which is why despite the dirt cheap contract NO ONE would sign him. Good Luck with that “Elite” LB.

  6. hawkkiller says:
    March 17, 2019 at 12:07 pm
    chawk12thman says:
    March 17, 2019 at 6:09 am
    I hoped he would be back and now hope he can play the majority of this coming season. If healthy, he is elite. The signing of Kendricks didn’t signal his leaving, especially since it is vastly unknown if Kendricks will be available this or future seasons.

    Glad it got done.
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    What a joke, KJ Wright is definitely NOT an Elite WLB. All 31 other teams in the NFL passed on the guy for a reason, his knee is done and he cannot pass a physical anywhere else, no one else is going to take that risk. Wright ranked as the 28th LB in the league last season via PFF and was terrible in coverage, that knee is to the point he might not even make out of the season as it’s fried which is why despite the dirt cheap contract NO ONE would sign him. Good Luck with that “Elite” LB.
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    Since there are 32 teams, and he plays alongside the best linebacker in the league Wagner…..28th is still pretty good playing on the bum knee. Seattle signed him for multiple reasons and some have nothing to do with his on field production. Kam is about to be released, they need KJ’s maturity in the locker room. Kendricks will be a stud if he can stay healthy and out of jail. Seattle is building their D differently than the 2012-2016 version. Its front to back, instead of back to front.

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