K.J. Wright
K.J. Wright
29-Year-Old LinebackerLB
Seattle Seahawks
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Wright carried four straight 100-tackle seasons into the 2018 campaign, but the streak ended when he injured his knee and only took the field for five games. The 30-year-old re-upped with the only team he has ever played for, although injury concerns still linger, and both second-year player Jacob Martin and Mychal Kendricks could push for a bigger role if Wright can't keep up. Keep Wright on your radar, but make sure he's healthy enough before plugging him into your fantasy lineup. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $15.5 million contract with the Seahawks in March of 2019.
Returning to Seattle
LBSeattle Seahawks
March 14, 2019
Wright has agreed to a two-year contract to remain with Seattle, Gregg Bell of the Tacoma News Tribune reports.
Wright presumably explored the open market in search of a lucrative long-term deal, but the Pro-Bowler's return to Seattle -- on a short-term deal -- suggests he didn't find what he was looking for. In any event, Wright now appears set to remain in a similar role he's had the past few seasons with Seattle in which the linebacker topped 100 tackles in every season from 2014 to 2017 before being limited to five games in 2018.
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Measurables Review
How do K.J. Wright's measurables compare to other linebackers?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
6' 4"
246 lbs
40-Yard Dash
4.75 sec
Shuttle Time
4.46 sec
Cone Drill
7.26 sec
Vertical Jump
32.0 in
Broad Jump
120 in
Bench Press
20 reps
Hand Length
9.00 in
Arm Length
34.88 in
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
In addition to Bobby Wagner, Wright is one of the two full-time linebackers for Seattle, and one with four straight seasons of triple-digit tackles to his name. Wright probably has one of the lowest ceilings on this list – he's surpassed 120 tackles just once in seven years and he doesn't make plays in coverage – but he also boasts one of the more reliable floors among linebacker IDPs thanks to his average of 114 tackles per year going back to 2014. Shaquem Griffin shouldn't be a problem for Wright until 2019.
Wright may be the most belligerent player on this list after Burfict, but you can get away with cheap shots when you play linebacker as well as he does. Even with Bobby Wagner stealing most of the spotlight, Wright is a feared defender riding the wave of three consecutive seasons with triple-digit tackles. There isn't much interception potential here -- just one in six years -- but a career-high four sacks from last year shows his pass-rushing skill set is reaching new levels. Wright should once again lock into a three-down role next to Wagner.
Surpassing 850 snaps each of the last two years, Wright has 223 tackles and three sacks to his credit over that time, giving him low-end LB2 utility in most IDP formats. His play count could decrease a bit if Bobby Wagner stays healthy all year, but Wright's 2014 season is likely his floor. Just realize the ceiling likely isn't high, as only two of Wright's five NFL seasons resulted in triple-digit tackles. Still, he's one of the more underrated outside linebackers in the league.
A 2011 fourth-round pick, Wright has become an important piece in the Seahawks defense. He's faster than his 4.75 speed suggests and his versatility allows him to play all three linebacker spots. A sure tackler, he's good for a 100-tackle pass every year. Playing weakside linebacker doesn't offer many sack opportunities, but he usually gets a couple a season. At 6-foot-4, 246 pounds, Wright is strong against the run and in coverage, which is why the Seahawks rewarded him with a four-year extension last December.
Wright missed three games last season with a foot injury but otherwise was a force at weakside linebacker. The position doesn't offer him many sacks -- just 4.5 in his three seasons in Seattle -- but he's posted a 100-tackle pace the last two years. The Seahawks have an excellent linebacking corps, and the 6-4, 246, Wright is a major reason why.
Wagner has decisively established himself as Seattle's top linebacker, but Wright seems safely locked in as the team's other nickel linebacker, meaning Wright should comfortably make it to triple-digit tackles as long as he plays 16 games. He missed one game and most of another due to a concussion, and as a result he finished with 96 tackles to go along with one sack and one interception. Wright's per-game tackle numbers should improve in 2013, though, because Leroy Hill is no longer around, and Wright should surpass the 866 defensive snaps he saw in 2012.
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Headed for open market
LBSeattle Seahawks
February 3, 2019
Wright is expected to test free agency, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports.
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Suits up six total games
LBSeattle Seahawks
January 9, 2019
Wright made 31 tackles, four pass breakups and an 1 interception in six games this season.
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Returns to practice Thursday
LBSeattle Seahawks
December 27, 2018
Wright (knee) was a full participant in practice Thursday, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports.
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Will have limited snap count
LBSeattle Seahawks
December 21, 2018
Wright (knee) is slated to play limited snaps Sunday against the Chiefs, Brady Henderson of ESPN.com reports.
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Return on tap
LBSeattle Seahawks
December 21, 2018
Wright (knee) doesn't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game against the Chiefs, Curtis Crabtree of Sports Radio 950 KJR Seattle reports.
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