Depsite the roster turnover that has swept through through the Seahawks defense, Seattle has managed to keep its star linebacker duo intact.
The dominant Seattle Seahawks defense from the middle of the decade has slowly crumbled over the last four years as members of the Legion of Boom land elsewhere. The last piece of that original secondary that remained – safety Earl Thomas – signed with Baltimore yesterday, marking the official end of the legion of boom.
But Seahawks general manager John Schneider has done his best to retain other pieces of that vaunted defense, and he continued today when he re-signed Pro Bowl outside linebacker K.J. Wright to a two-year contract. Wright will re-join linebacker Bobby Wagner to form one of the most dynamic duos at the position in the NFL.
The Seahawks re-signed linebacker Mychal Kendricks Wednesday, which many thought signaled the end of the Wright era in Seattle. Now, defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. has both linebackers at his disposal, and is tasked with figuring out how to utilize both effectively.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that the two-year deal is value a complete of $15.5 million. The assured cash will not be referred to as of now.
Seattle will get an A for the deal merely due to how integral a chunk Wright has been for the protection for therefore lengthy. He and Wagner are every very versatile linebackers who’re greater than able to stopping the run or dropping again into go protection. Having anchored the entrance seven in Seattle collectively for therefore lengthy, Wright and Wagner know tips on how to play as a unit and complement each other.
With Wright again within the fold, Seattle ought to be capable of once more preserve not less than a league-average protection; they have been 16th in factors allowed per recreation final 12 months. With an offense that led the league in speeding final 12 months behind a rejuvenated offensive line, a mean protection ought to simply be sufficient to maintain the Seahawks in playoff competition.
Wright fought by essentially the most unproductive season of his profession in 2018 as he battled a nagging knee harm that stored him out of 11 video games. However he returned for Seattle’s playoff loss in opposition to Dallas and recorded an interception within the recreation.