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RENTON, Wash. – After spending last season with the Las Vegas Raiders, free-agent linebacker KJ Wright wants to return to the Seattle Seahawks.
“I want to go home,” Wright said told Trey Wingo on the podcast “Half-Forgotten History” last week. “I think it’s that simple. Seattle knows I want to go back. They know how much they mean to me.”
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll was asked about Wright’s comments Sunday after the team ended its three-day rookie minicamp.
“I love KJ,” Carroll said. “I’ve already talked to him about things for the future and all that. I heard he talked about playing, and we’ve already talked about that.”
Wright, 32, spent his first 10 seasons with the Seahawks, helping them win Super Bowl XLVIII and reach Super Bowl XLIX the following year. He reached the Pro Bowl after the 2016 season and got the third-most tackles in franchise history, behind Eugene Robinson and all-time manager Bobby Wagner.
The Seahawks released Wagner earlier this offseason, a year after not signing Wright when his contract expired. Wright then signed a one-year $ 3.5 million deal with the Raiders and recorded 51 tackles in 17 games (eight starts).
“Last year I traveled, went to Vegas alone,” he told Wingo. “My family did not come with me. I will not do it again. I do not think I will move my family elsewhere across the country, so if it is not Seattle, then I am satisfied.”
The Seahawks appear to be ready to go with recent draft picks Jordyn Brooks (2020 first-rounder) and Cody Barton (2019 third-rounder) as their starting linebacker.