The Las Vegas Raiders signed linebacker K.J.Wright to a one-year deal on Thursday. During Mike Mayock‘s press conference on Wednesday, Mayock received a call on his cell phone and had to walk away from the conference for a minute. He came back, and when asked about what the call was about, Mayock replied, “It’s an ongoing saga.” Early on Thursday, the Raiders and Nick Kwiatkoski agreed on a restructured contract that freed up a couple of million dollars. The money was used to bring in Wright.
Free agent LB K.J. Wright just told me he is signing with #Raiders on a 1-year deal.
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Last season with the Seattle Seahawks, Wright compiled 86 tackles, two sacks, two fumble recoveries, and one interception. Wright spent ten years in Seattle and has 941 tackles and 13.5 sacks; he was a stalwart to a tough Seahawks defense.
With the Raiders, Wright will rejoin defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, the Seahawks defensive coordinator from 2009-2012, while Wright was there. Wright should slide right into the SAM role with the Raiders; the SAM linebacker is crucial in Bradley’s defense.
The Raiders suffered injuries to Nicholas Morrow and Javin White, so the Raiders needed depth at the linebacker position. With adding Wright and Denzel Perryman, the Raiders are now looking good at the linebacker spot.
K.J.Wright will be entering his 11th NFL season, but he still can run and make plays. Wright is also reliable; he has not missed a game since 2018. The critical thing Wright will bring to the Raiders is leadership, which the Raiders defense desperately needs.