The Seahawks kept KJ Wright two years ago, and he served his third contract as the oldest player on the team. It looks like the veteran linebacker will make a concerted effort to maximize his value this year.
Before his 32-year season, Wright may only have one more shot at a notable payday in the NFL. If the Seahawks want to stay Bobby wagnerLongtime linebacker buddies will need to outperform other suitors.
“I do too much on the soccer field to receive a discount“Wright said during an appearance on The Jim Rome Show (via ESPN.com). “It makes absolutely no sense. If you want to win all these championships and look good on Sundays, you have to make it up to your guys who are making plays.. “
Last month, Wright said he would be eager to return to Seattle with a fourth contract. But it is clear that you will not make a financial sacrifice to do so. Wright ranked No. 8 off-ball linebacker for Pro Football Focus last season; he was the only player to record double-digit totals in tackles for loss (11) and passes defended (10). He has started 140 of the 144 games he has played in his career since the Seahawks selected him in the fourth round in 2011.
“That would be a beautiful story, if I could ride it all with the Seahawks“Wright said. “That’s something of a legendary type. I think it would be a great investment for Seattle to keep me because, as you’ve seen, since I’ve been here, we’ve been nothing but amazing, always making the playoffs, winning our division, so they know how. I really want to be here.
“But at the end of the day, I get it. They have to clear some space for things to happen so they have to be busy. “
Seattle has Wagner’s $ 18MM per year contract on its books through 2022. And the team took Jordyn Brooks in the first round last year, which could signal Wright’s departure. Wright signed a two-year deal worth $ 14MM in 2019. The Seahawks have just $ 4MM in capitalization space, a figure they ranked 18th as of Wednesday, and have Shaquill griffin Y Chris carson join Wright as future free agents. Russell wilson Lobbying for offensive line improvements can also influence this equation.
Wright would join Lavonte David Y Matt Milano as the best free agent linebackers. The Buccaneers will do what they can to keep David, though they have plenty of high-priority UFAs, while the Bills are poised to allow Milano to hit the market.
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