A former member of the Seattle Seahawks’ “Legion of Boon” security force is pushing to return to Seattle.
KJ Wright – who remains a free agent following his offseason team activities – is best known for his 10-season tenure with the Seahawks from 2011 to 2020. The 32-year-old has spent the full season. with the Las Vegas Raiders, but he’s making it clear that he just wants to return to Seattle to continue his playing career.
In an interview on Tuesday, June 30 on “I’m Athlete Tonight” on SiriusXM, the former Pro Bowl linebacker said if it were to be played again, it would be in Seattle.
Via Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times:
“I mean, I love the ball,” says Wright. “But I am not as ready to pick up and leave my family as I was last year. Because my family had to stay. They didn’t go with me to Vegas. I won’t do that again. And so I think it’s pretty clear where I stand, where I want to end my career, into my 12th season. If it’s not in Seattle, then I’ll be fine. “
Wright previously pushed the Seahawks to sign him
Wright has previously hinted at his interest in returning to Seattle in May. Head coach Pete Carroll later revealed that he discussed bringing Wright back in the future. However, Carroll will not commit to signing Wright to return in a football role.
“I love KJ,” Carroll said, according to ESPN’s Brady Henderson. “I talked to him about things for the future and all that. I heard that he talked about playing football, and we talked about it. “
Wright immediately emerged as a starting central midfielder for the Seahawks during his rookie season in 2011. He would start the next nine seasons in Seattle, missing just 16 games in time. his with the Seahawks. Wright was also a key member of Seattle’s “Legion of Boon” defense, making 80 tackles during the 2013 season when Seattle won Super Bowl XLVIII.
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At the present time, the Seahawks are equipped with depth at defender. The Cody Barton and Jordyn Brooks project as inside backers began, while Seattle signed Uchenna Nwosu and drafted Boye Mafe and Tyreke Smith.
Although Seattle’s starting support positions are now filled, Wright continues to emphasize the Seahawks’ eventual return. The veteran quarterback hopes to end his career in Seattle.
“It’s going to hurt,” Wright said. “I knew that leaving the game would be difficult, but they knew where I stood. They know where I stand. But I love my family more than I love football. So I’m not ready to just focus and go to a mid-season team for five months. I have three kids and I love them more than just letting them play football. So we’ll see. Seattle knows my heart. Going back just makes sense for me, and so we’ll see what they end up with.”
If Wright still doesn’t sign up for the season and one of the key Seahawks defenders is injured, the possibility of a reunion is certain to open up.
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