Fans of the Seattle Seahawks are well aware of the fact that the team’s season came to a crashing halt against the Dallas Cowboys on Saturday evening at AT&T Stadium, so now the focus turns towards those players who are not under contract for 2019. Thursday I took a look at what Frank Clark could command in salary as free agency quickly approaches, and then later in the day on Thursday K.J. Wright went on Sports Radio KJR 950 AM and offered a tiny glimpse into his situation.
In short, there don’t appear to have been substantive discussions between the two sides regarding a return in 2019.
K.J. Wright says in interview on @SportsRadioKJR with Cliff Avril and Jason Puckett that Seahawks have never made him a contract offer. Says he doesn't have a specific salary number in mind but that he wants to be "respected.''— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) January 10, 2019
As unpleasant as that may be to read, there are still almost nine weeks until free agency, but there is plenty of time between now and then for the two sides to eventually come to an agreement on a contract that would keep Wright in Seattle. Unfortunately, if one wishes to take Wright at his word, that may not be a possibility.
Wright continues on @SportsRadioKJR to say "I'm going to be a free agent.'' Says he wants to see what's out there.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) January 10, 2019
So, now begins the eternal debate of whether he is actually going to be a free agent or whether this is simply contract posturing. The Hawks front office has not done well with third contracts for star defensive players, and with Wright having missed a good portion of 2018 with a knee injury, they may be content to allow him to leave. In any case, it appears likely that Wright may have played his last football in a Seahawks uniform.
With Austin Calitro and Shaquem Griffin having filled his spot and both set to return next year, and the possibility still remaining, however slim, that Mychal Kendricks may not be incarcerated, it is a position at which the Hawks could well be content with their options at the position. However, it would certainly not be fun to lose yet another core member of the defense that led the Seahawks to the top of the mountain.