Following an 11-year career, K.J. Wright signed a one-day deal with the Seattle Seahawks on July 27th to retire apart of the organization that originally drafted him, per Michael-Shawn Dugar.
Coming out of Mississippi State, Wright was drafted 99th overall by Seattle. Wright would play 10 of his 11 seasons apart of the Seahawks organization, then departing in free agency in the summer of 2021. Wrights final season in the NFL came with the Raiders, where he started in just eight of 17 games, finishing the year with 51 tackles. Wright was always a standout linebacker, beloved by all the fans, especially during the stint where Seattle’s defense wreaked havoc on every opposing offense.
In 10 seasons with Seattle, Wright logged 934 total tackles, good enough for third all-time after Bobby Wagner and Eugene Robinson. Alongside his spot towards the top of the list in career tackles, Wright also sits at third regarding forced fumbles. He was a part of some stellar defenses that helped Seattle claim a Super Bowl in 2014, where they beat the Denver Broncos 43 to eight.
Wright retires not only as a Pro-Bowl linebacker and Super Bowl Champion, but he retires as one of the most pivotal parts of the Seattle team that ran rampant in the 2010s. From being drafted in 2011 from Olive Branch, Mississippi, to retiring just days following his 33rd birthday, K.J. Wright left his mark on the NFL and will forever be remembered among the Seahawks faithful.