K.J. Wright is retiring as a Seattle Seahawk

K.J. Wright is retiring as a Seattle Seahawk

RENTON, Washington – The Seattle Seahawks announced Wednesday that veteran line backer K.J. Wright signed a one-day contract to retire as a member of the team.

Wright’s retirement concludes an 11-year playing career that included 10 seasons as a starter on the famed defences that helped lead the Seahawks to their most successful stretch in franchise history, which included a Super Bowl XLVIII victory and a near-replica the following year.

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K.J. Wright playing 12th NFL –

Wright spent 2021 with Las Vegas Raiders and was only interested in playing a 12th NFL season if it was with the Seahawks, but the Seahawks have been intent on putting younger players in the middle of their revamped defences.
So Wright, who turns 33 on Saturday, will officially conclude his career where it began in 2011. He progressed from a fourth-round pick with a lanky build to one of Seattle’s Legion of Boom defense’s key, albeit underappreciated, members. Wright has one Pro Bowl appearance (after the 2016 season) and ranks third on the franchise’s career tackles list.

K.J. Wright emotional ceremony –

K.J. Wright was overcome with emotion while signing his one-day contract, according to the story on the Seahawks’ website announcing his retirement. Coach Pete Carroll said Wright signed the contract with several family members present, calling it a “real emotional” ceremony.

“It was really,” Carroll said. “It was an emotional experience for all of us. K.J. was overjoyed to finally sign his name on the dotted line for the last time. There was a point where we were looking at 11 seasons, 230 games, and all of the years he played. He was just trying to absorb it and… he got emotional about it like you’d think he should and would.”

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K.J. Wright has more than $49 million in gross on-field earnings –

“He’s a fantastic kid who has been an incredible leader, performer, and all that,” Carroll said. “Above all, he is a remarkable individual. I hope we can always keep him involved in the programme. I’m glad he’s in the neighbourhood and living here. We do have a number of [ex-Seahawks] who live here. I’m glad he’s still part of the fraternity of it all. I’m hoping to do more work with K.J. Wright in the future.”

Wright’s retirement announcement comes just one day after it was revealed that running back Chris Carson will also retire. Carroll called Carson’s decision to call it a career “a shame” because of a neck injury that sidelined him after the fourth game of last season. He said Carson and the team had hoped all offseason that his surgically repaired neck would improve, but he hadn’t made any progress when he was reexamined about a month ago.

“So he’s had some time to process this, that it’s going to happen,” Carroll explained. “He worked like hell to get it done, and he was all in the whole time. ‘I’ve had time to deal with it, and I’m OK about it,’ he said yesterday. So he’s moving forward.”

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Carson was released by the Seahawks on Tuesday due to a failed physical designation, which entitles him to a portion of his 2022 salary.

Carroll continued: “Chris Carson’s style of play was fantastic. I admired his aggressiveness, creativity, and overall athleticism. On our team, I adored him. It breaks my heart not to have him back, especially with the way we’re going about it. We’d be thrilled to have him. I’m glad I had the opportunity to work with him.”

Kenneth Bernard at the age of 31 –

K.J. Wright started at middle linebacker as a rookie, but spent the majority of his time with the Seahawks on the weak side after the Seahawks drafted Bobby Wagner in 2012. Those two were arguably the best inside linebacker tandem in the NFL over the last decade. Wright moved to the strong side again early in the 2020 season and played some of his best football at the age of 31, but he wasn’t re-signed the following offseason as the Seahawks decided to go younger at inside line backer.

Kenneth tackles 51 in 17 games –

K.J. Wright had 51 tackles in 17 games (eight starts) for the Raiders last season while on a one-year contract. He stated earlier this offseason on the “Half-Forgotten History” podcast that he wanted to “go back home” and play for the Seahawks. He wasn’t interested in playing elsewhere because he didn’t want to uproot his wife and three children from their Seattle-area home or be separated from them again, as he was last season in Las Vegas.


But, with the Seahawks’ youth movement continuing this offseason, with Wagner released and Cody Barton inserted into the starting line up alongside Jordyn Brooks, an on-field reunion was not in the cards.

K.J. Wright finished his career in 161 regular-season games with 992 tackles, 13.5 sacks, and 6 interceptions. His 934 tackles with the Seahawks (according to the team) rank third in franchise history, trailing only Eugene Robinson and Wagner.

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