After an offseason loaded with veteran takeoffs, the Seattle Seahawks are bringing back a recognizable companion. Be that as it may, not to play once more.
K.J. Wright, who was one of the best linebackers in franchise history, signed a one-day contract with the Seahawks on Wednesday so he can retire as a member of the association.
A fourth-round pick in 2011, Wright immediately became a key member of one of the most vaunted defenses – – Seattle’s “Legion of Boom” – – that won Super Bowl XLVIII and made another. In his 10 seasons with the Seahawks, Wright added up to 941 tackles, 66 tackles for losses, 13.5 sacks, 11 forced fumbles, six interceptions and 144 games (140 starts), earning a Pro Bowl selection in 2016.
Those were Wright’s significant on-field contributions. The former Walter Payton Man of the Year Award nominee additionally was viewed as one of the most charitable and philanthropic Seahawks players off the field, as well, both locally in Seattle and abroad.
Wright enjoyed last season with the Las Vegas Raiders, making 51 tackles in 17 games (eight beginnings). In May, Wright told Trey Wingo on his Half-Forgotten History Podcast that he was a lot of interested in a return to Seattle, where everything started.
“I just want to go back home,” Wright said at the time. “I think it’s that simple. Seattle knows that I want to come back. They know how much they mean to me.”
This reunion won’t be tied in with broadening Wright’s career, yet rather honoring it. Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll once referred to Wright as “a perfect teammate.” Fellow ex-Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner said of Wright in 2020: “He means everything to our team, to the organization, to the community, to this football family.”
What’s more, presently Wright is again a member of the Seahawks family – – forever.