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K.J. Wright can round out the Jacksonville Jaguars’ linebacker corps.
The Jaguars have made key additions to the defensive front and their secondary in free agency but haven’t tweaked their linebackers corps and there could be a few reasons for that. On one hand, that the team’s brass may not be interested in making heavy investment in the linebacker position. After all, they gave Myles Jack a multi-year extension not too long ago and signed Joe Schobert last offseason.
On the other hand, Jaguars defensive coordinator Joe Cullen will change schemes and it’s possible that none of the linebackers available in the open market are a good fit. Nevertheless, you can never have enough talented players and the team should consider bringing in K.J. Wright.
A fourth-round selection in 2011, Wright has spent his whole NFL career with the Seattle Seahawks and is one of the few players remaining from that team that won Super Bowl 48. Even though he’s 31, he’s still playing at a high level, posting a 75.3 Pro Fooball Focus grade, eight-best among linebackers, last season.
Moreover, Wright has proven to be durable and has missed just 12 games (11 of them in 2018) in the last seven seasons. A Pro Bowl designation in 2016, he has appeared in 144 games with 140 starts and has logged 941 total tackles (66 for a loss), 13.5 sacks, 11 passes defensed and six interceptions.
Although there’s a chance Wright returns to Seattle in 2021, the Jaguars should inquire about his services. At this point of free agency, Jacksonville could land the veteran linebacker without having to break the bank.