Reports: Seahawks re-signing linebacker K.J. Wright

    Seattle Seahawks' K.J. Wright (50) and Bobby Wagner (54) celebrate an interception against Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott during the second half of the NFC wild-card NFL football game in Arlington, Texas, Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)

    The Seahawks are reportedly keeping their linebacker core together.

    Seattle is re-signing veteran K.J. Wright to a short-term deal, effectively keeping its LB duo of Wright and Bobby Wagner intact, according to multiple reports. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed.

    Gregg Bell of The News Tribune was first to report the news in the early hours of Thursday, just past midnight.

    Wright's chances of returning to the Seahawks in free agency appeared to be 50-50 at best, and were pushed further in doubt when the team reportedly retained weakside linebacker Mychal Kendricks on Wednesday. Wright missed 11 games in 2018 after arthroscopic knee surgery last August and the setbacks stemming from it. It marked the first extensive absence of the veteran's career.

    Considering the injury and his age (29), there were legitimate questions as to whether or not Seattle would want to re-sign him, despite his productive career. After the wild-card loss to the Cowboys, Wright told reporters that the Seahawks had yet to approach him about a new contract.

    In the end, it appears the Seahawks weren't quite ready to move on past Wright, who has given them seven incredible years alongside an All-Pro middle linebacker in Wagner. Wright, who'll remain as the team's longest-tenured player alongside wide receiver Doug Baldwin, is beloved in the Seahawks' locker room and one of the team's most respected leaders.

    There's now a possibility Seattle will have both Wright and Kendricks to play alongside Wagner in its 4-3 base defense.

    Wright had 23 tackles (including two for loss) and three passes defensed in five games last season. His most memorable performance of 2018 was in the playoff game at Dallas, where we saw flashes of his typical flying-around-for-tackles self. He corralled an end-zone interception in that game, which Seattle ultimately loss 24-22.

    Wright is tied for fifth in team history with 744 tackles. A 2016 Pro Bowler, the eight-year veteran has also posted 33 pass deflections, 11.5 sacks, 10 forced fumbles, seven fumble recoveries and two interceptions in his career. is a media partner with KOMO News. Read more at

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