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Seahawks sign K.J. Wright to four-year extension worth reported $27 million

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The Seahawks have locked up another core piece of their defensive nucleus by signing linebacker K.J. Wright to a four-year contract extension. The deal is worth a reported $27 million, which would average out to $6.75APY but keep in mind NFL contracts can be structured in a multitude of ways, so it's best to wait on the particulars before judging whether this is a bargain or an overpay.

K.J. has played over 95% of the Seahawks' snaps this season and is an integral piece of their scheme, able to play on either the weak or the strong side, and he can fill in at the middle linebacker spot when needed. His versatility to do so was valuable this year when Bobby Wagner went out with a foot injury.

"K.J. is the epitome of a team guy," Pete Carroll said in the team's announcement of the news. "We are excited to reward a player of his caliber for all the hard work he has put in over the years to become an important piece of our defense."

"In the offseason, we identified K.J. as one of our core players moving forward and aimed to keep him as a part of the Seahawks family for a long time," G.M. John Schneider said in that statement. "The timing of this signing gives us the ability to keep as many of our core players together as we possibly can. Since day one, K.J. has been a true professional in his daily approach and we are excited for K.J., his family and the 12s to keep him in the organization."

Together with Wagner, Wright is one of the leaders of the defense and is responsible for getting everyone into position each snap. Wright was thrown into the fire at the MIKE spot as a rookie so he had to learn everyone's assignments from the jump. This is huge for a defense that rarely, if ever, huddles on the field.

The team values Wright's length a lot too -- they have shown that they are comfortable putting him on an opposing tight end, and his ability to keep in step with these guys means Seattle can keep their base defense on the field when they want to. Wright (and the Seahawks) have been beaten a few times on switch release routes up the sideline this year, but overall I think his coverage has been strong and his run defense has been solid. The numbers the Seahawks are putting up on defense are a good indication of how solid Wright has been. Wright is also a good blitzer, and his ability to blow up blocks on blitzes has allowed the Seahawks to get a couple of sacks over the past few games.

The signing of Wright means that the Seahawks can now turn their attention to locking Bobby Wagner up long term, and gives them options for retaining guys like Byron Maxwell, Cliff Avril, and a few others in the queue.