Could K.J. Wright bolster the Jacksonville Jaguars’ linebacker corps?
Here’s another veteran that hasn’t found a team yet even though he’s still an effective player. K.J. Wright was part of that Legion of Boom defense that helped the Seattle Seahawks win one Super Bowl and was one play from raising the Lombardi Trophy in back-to-back seasons.
Nowadays, it’s very difficult to keep a defense together due to salary cap constraints. Wright managed to stay in Seattle even tough players such as cornerback Richard Sherman, safety Earl Thomas and defensive end Michael Bennett changed teams a few seasons ago. Although Wright has never made the All-Pro and has earned just one Pro Bowl designation in his career, he’s been one of the most consistent linebackers since 2011, when the Hawks made him a fourth-round pick.
Last season, the Mississippi State product posted a Pro Football Focus overall grade of 75.3 and logged 86 total tackles, 11 tackles for a loss, two sacks, one interception, and one forced fumble. Also, Wright started all 16 games last season, so he may not be interested in taking on a backup/complementary role yet. However, there isn’t currently much interest in him and that might not change unless a team suffers a significant injury.
Wright could vie for a spot in the Jaguars’ linebacker corps. They signed Damien Wilson but he could compete with the former Seahawk for a starting job alongside Joe Schobert and Myles Jack. Jacksonville will be switching between 3-4 and 4-3 sets, so it’s uncertain how Wright would fit. Either way, it could be worth giving him a shot.