The Seahawks stored Okay.J. Wright two years in the past, and he performed out his third contract because the staff’s longest-tenured participant. It seems just like the veteran linebacker will make a concerted effort to maximise his worth this yr.
Forward of his age-32 season, Wright might solely have yet another probability at a notable NFL payday. If the Seahawks need to preserve Bobby Wagner‘s longtime linebacker sidekick round, they might want to outbid different suitors.
“I do means an excessive amount of on the soccer subject to take a reduction,” Wright stated throughout an look on The Jim Rome Present (by way of ESPN.com). “It makes completely no sense. If you wish to win all these championships and look good on Sundays, you’ve acquired to compensate your guys which are making performs.”
Final month, Wright stated he can be wanting to return to Seattle on a fourth contract. However it’s clear he won’t make a monetary sacrifice to take action. Wright graded as Professional Soccer Focus’ No. 8 total off-ball linebacker final season; he was the one participant to submit double-digit totals in tackles for loss (11) and passes defensed (10). He has began 140 of the 144 profession video games he has performed for the reason that Seahawks drafted him within the 2011 fourth spherical.
“That might simply be a wonderful story, if I may simply experience all of it out with the Seahawks,” Wright stated. “That’s some legendary-type stuff. I imagine it will be a terrific funding for Seattle to maintain me as a result of as you’ve seen, since I’ve been right here, we’ve been nothing however superior — all the time making it to the playoffs, profitable our division, so that they understand how a lot I need to be right here.
“However on the finish of the day, I get it. They’ve acquired to clear some house to make issues occur, so that they’ve acquired to get busy.”
Seattle has Wagner’s $18MM-per-year contract on its books via 2022. And the staff took Jordyn Brooks in final yr’s first spherical, doubtlessly signaling a Wright exit. Wright signed a two-year deal price $14MM in 2019. The Seahawks have barely $4MM in cap house — a determine that ranks 18th as of Wednesday — and have Shaquill Griffin and Chris Carson becoming a member of Wright as free agents-to-be. Russell Wilson lobbying for offensive line upgrades might issue into this equation as effectively.
Wright would be part of Lavonte David and Matt Milano as the highest linebacker free brokers. The Buccaneers will do what they will to maintain David, although they’ve loads of high-priority UFAs, whereas the Payments are ready to let Milano hit the market.
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