A key competitor has dropped out of the sweepstakes for 31 year-old linebacker K.J. Wright.
According to Cowboys insider Mike Fisher, the Dallas Cowboys have told K.J. Wright’s agent that they are not interested in the services of the ten-year NFL veteran at this time. In the past, Wright had told CowboysSI.com that “it’s one of the teams [he fits] in with,” given the presence of former Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn on Dallas’ coaching staff.
K.J. Wright EXCLUSIVE: His Cowboys 'Dream Team' Decides To Pass https://t.co/gpkkiquBZ8— fishsports (@fishsports) April 6, 2021
Wright has spent all nine seasons of his career in Seattle after the Seahawks drafted him in the fourth round of the 2011 NFL Draft. In 2020, he had a solid season, with 86 tackles, 2.0 sacks, and an interception in 16 starts. It’s clear he still has a significant role to the Seattle defense even though he is aging.
The team still remains a competitor for Wright’s services, but earlier this offseason, Wright stated that he will not be taking a hometown discount from Seattle. It’s not clear if actively pursuing Wright is a main priority for the Seahawks as free agency begins to wind down.
Resigning Wright could be difficult given the Seahawks’ current cap situation, too. His last contract was for 2 years, $14 million, and a new deal would likely be somewhere in that range, although perhaps somewhat deflated for 2021 given the league-wide cap shrinkage.
Via OvertheCap, Woods has a cap number this year of $2.4 million. With all reported contracts now accounted for, OvertheCap lists Seattle with $5.865 million in cap space for 2021. https://t.co/cb7fx2OIPc— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) April 8, 2021
Current estimates put the Seahawks’ cap space at $5.865 million, and although the front office could get creative in negotiating Wright’s potential cap hits by converting salary into signing bonus or using void years, as they have with some other players, his contract would present a significant restriction on the quality of remaining free agents Seattle could sign (perhaps taking them out of the running for Antonio Brown or Richard Sherman).
Whatever happens with Wright, though, Seahawks fans can be thankful that any divorce with the team likely won’t be as tumultuous as that of the last Seahawks defensive star who expressed interest in Dallas. Even if he signs elsewhere, there’s very little chance that Wright gives the ‘Hawks “the bird.”