The latest player to depart from the Seattle Seahawks’ Super Bowl 48-winning team was longtime linebacker K.J. Wright, as he signed with the Las Vegas Raiders ahead of this season.
The veteran linebacker hit free agency in the offseason, and although there was much chatter for months that he would return to the Seahawks, such a reunion did not come to fruition.
In his debut game with the Raiders, Wright simply made the most out of his opportunities against the Baltimore Ravens. He played in 37 snaps, recorded two tackles and blitzed Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson one time.
Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner came away impressed with Wright’s Raiders debut. And more so, he still wishes that Wright was with the Seahawks, which he opened up about during a press conference ahead of his team’s Week 2 matchup against the Tennessee Titans.
“The 34 actually looked better than I thought,” Wagner said. “He had a really, really good play on that fourth down which I don’t think people realize how good of a play that was. That’s not where he was supposed to be, but he’s just so smart that he knew the ball was going in that gap.
“You can see as soon as he motions, you saw him kind of get up and shoot the gap. I was like, ‘Dang, he used to do that with us all the time.’ Sure wish it was still going on, but the business side of things gets in the way.”
Wright was open to returning to the Seahawks over the offseason, and at one point, he presumed it would be a “no-brainer” that he would suit up for their Week 1 opener against the Indianapolis Colts. But as the Seahawks front office opted to do with Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas when they hit free agency, the team simply believed it was time to part ways with Wright.
For now, Wright is looking to do his part in helping the Raiders make a long-awaited return to the playoffs this season.