K.J. Wright: I’m not closing the door on a return to Seattle

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K.J. Wright initially thought he would be back with the Seahawks by now.

Instead, the linebacker remains a free agent with training camps about to begin.

Wright, who turns 32 at the end of the week, was a fourth-round pick back in 2011 and has been a critical piece of the Seattle defense since his rookie year. He’s continued to play well into his 30s, starting 32 games over the last two seasons and picking up a combined four interceptions, 21 passes defensed, and 16 tackles for loss.

The Seahawks are set to have 2020 first-round pick Jordyn Brooks take over at weakside linebacker in the coming season, replacing Wright. But Wright said in a Tuesday interview with SiriusXM NFL Radio that a return to the Seahawks could still be in the cards.

“Yes, there is a chance. There is a chance and I’m not closing the door on Seattle,” Wright said. “Going into free agency, I thought it would be a no-brainer. But they’re going to wait until training camp, so we’ll see. No matter what happens, my career in Seattle was just unforgettable. Just 10 years, just had a lot of fun. Got a Super Bowl, got a Pro Bowl, Seahawks Man of the Year — I did a lot of good stuff in that jersey. And so, hopefully one day they put me up in the Ring of Honor, we’ll see.

“But yeah, no matter what happens, just playing with Bobby [Wagner] and the Legion of Boom, those guys, that’s going to be historical. And I’m just thankful that I could be a part of it. So we’ll see if I go back to Seattle, that would be nice. But if not, you know, I’m forever thankful.”

If Wright doesn’t return to the Pacific Northwest, he feels his experience will help him get quickly acclimated to a new defensive system.

“I know what I provide to a team,” Wright said. “I know that I can go into a training camp, pick up the playbook nice and easy, nice and fast, go out there and perform at any position they want me at. And so I’m excited, man. Whatever opportunity does present itself, I’m just going to go in there and attack it and just have fun playing in Year 11.”

4 responses to “K.J. Wright: I’m not closing the door on a return to Seattle

  1. LoL he didn’t want to come back before unless SEA paid him more $$$$ but now that he hasn’t had any offers in FA he’s “not closing the door on a return to SEA”. These guys crack me up. Only way SEA would be interested in signing Wright is if 2nd year WLB Jordyn Brooks struggles which is entirely possible as he really struggled last season posting a PFF Grade of just 47.6 which is horrible and was solid versus the run but provided nothing in terms of a pass rush 0 sacks, 0 hurries, 0 QB Hits despite blitzing 10 different times posting a PFF grade of 58.3 and he wasn’t horrid in coverage posting a PFF grade of 29.8 in coverage so Brooks definitely has a lot of growing to do in 2021 though at least this season Brooks and the rest of the 2020 rookie class will have a proper actual off season to develop their games which they didn’t get last season. SEA also is taking a kid who was an Edge rusher in college and plugging him into a new position as their SLB after not playing a down as a rookie in Darrell Taylor so their LB corps is definitely going to be going through growing pains in 2021.

  2. This approach is much better than his early on bursting out that he would “not be giving a hometown discount.” What free agency has shown him/us is that the hometown discount was actually/likely fair market value. No bridges burned is good for both sides. Would the Seahawks be better with his leadership & remaining talent? No question about it. It’s just a cap related, cost vs. benefit calculation that dictates what happens.

    I’m in favor of him coming back for his market value. How that happens under current situation; I just don’t see?

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