K.J. Wright Retires With Seahawks After 11 Season Career

K.J. Wright with the Seattle Seahawks
K.J. Wright with the Seattle Seahawks in 2016. Photo by Sean Brown/CSM/REX/Shutterstock

K.J. Wright signed a ceremonial one-day contract with the Seattle Seahawks on Wednesday following his decision to retire from the NFL, the team confirmed. This sees the 33-year-old player call it quits on an 11-year career, 10 of which were spent as a linebacker for the Seahawks.

A fourth-round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, Wright developed into a key member of Seattle’s famed Legion of Boom defense, lifting the Seahawks to the Super Bowl XLVIII title and a near repeat the following year.

During his tenure with the Seahawks, the veteran linebacker appeared in the Pro Bowl after the 2016 season and is ranked third on the franchise’s career tackles list. Wright left the Seahawks for the Las Vegas Raiders in 2021, with Seattle making the decision not to re-sign him, instead opting for a younger inside linebacker. During his season with the Raiders, Wright recorded 51 tackles in 17 games.

According to Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, Wright had several family members with him during what was described as an emotional signing ceremony. Wright finishes his career with 992 tackles, 13.5 sacks and 6 interceptions in 161 regular-season games.

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