Okay.J. Wright indicators one-day contract to retire with Seahawks

After an offseason stuffed with veteran departures, the Seattle Seahawks are bringing again a well-recognized good friend. However to not play once more.

Okay.J. Wright, who was among the finest linebackers in franchise historical past, signed a one-day contract with the Seahawks on Wednesday so he can retire as a member of the group.

A fourth-round choose in 2011, Wright rapidly turned a key member of one of the vital vaunted defenses — Seattle’s “Legion of Increase” — that received Tremendous Bowl XLVIII and made one other. In his 10 seasons with the Seahawks, Wright totaled 941 tackles, 66 tackles for losses, 13.5 sacks, 11 compelled fumbles, six interceptions and 144 video games (140 begins), incomes a Professional Bowl choice in 2016.

These had been Wright’s appreciable on-field contributions. The previous Walter Payton Man of the 12 months Award nominee additionally was considered one of the vital charitable and philanthropic Seahawks gamers off the sphere, too, each regionally in Seattle and overseas.

Wright spent final season with the Las Vegas Raiders, making 51 tackles in 17 video games (eight begins). In Could, Wright instructed Trey Wingo on his Half-Forgotten Historical past Podcast that he was very a lot desirous about a return to Seattle, the place all of it started.

“I simply wish to return house,” Wright stated on the time. “I believe it is that easy. Seattle is aware of that I wish to come again. They understand how a lot they imply to me.”

This reunion is not going to be about extending Wright’s profession, however reasonably honoring it. Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll as soon as known as Wright “an ideal teammate.” Fellow ex-Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner stated of Wright in 2020: “He means every thing to our staff, to the group, to the neighborhood, to this soccer household.”

And now Wright is once more a member of the Seahawks household — for all times.