After spending the entire summer as a free agent, veteran linebacker K.J. Wright has found a new home.
Wright will be signing a one-year deal with the Las Vegas Raiders, according to NFL insider Josina Anderson. Las Vegas will be the second NFL stop for Wright, who played his first 10 seasons with the Seattle Seahawks.
The Raiders reportedly first met with the 32-year-old linebacker last month, and with the team still needing depth at the position, have pulled the trigger on adding Wright 10 days before the season opener.
With Las Vegas, Wright will get to reunite with defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, who coached him with the Seahawks in 2011-12.
Free agent LB K.J. Wright just told me he is signing with #Raiders on a 1-year deal.
— IG: JosinaAnderson (@JosinaAnderson) September 2, 2021
In 10 years with the Seahawks, Wright played in 144 games with 140 starts. He compiled 941 total tackles, 13.5 sacks, 11 forced fumbles, nine fumble recoveries and six interceptions. A fourth-round draft pick out of Mississippi State in 2011, Wright started for Seattle’s Super Bowl-winning team in 2013 and made the Pro Bowl in 2016.
Wright is the second linebacker the Raiders have acquired in the last two weeks. They also traded for the Panthers’ Denzel Perryman on August 25.
Wright and Perryman will join a Vegas linebacking contingent that also includes 2020 free agent signings Nick Kwiatkowski and Cory Littleton, 2020 third-round pick Tanner Muse and fifth-year contributor Nicholas Morrow.
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