Training camp fires up this week for three NFL teams -- the Dallas Cowboys, Pittsburgh Steelers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- with the other 29 clubs to follow in a few days, but at least one notable name is still absent a job. K.J. Wright, the Pro Bowl linebacker who made a name for himself as a member of the famed Legion of Boom defense, remains a free agent after he and the Seattle Seahawks failed to come to terms on a new contract. It's expected he'll find a new NFL home sooner than later though, and the 31-year-old recently explained what will fuel his decision.
"For me, I believe it's about what a team wants from me," Wright told SiriusXM NFL Radio. "I know what I provide to a team. I know that coming off of my two best seasons -- after I suffered my knee injury -- I had my two best years, played phenomenal, switched positions and destroyed that position. So for a guy that's played SAM, MIKE and WILL, played under a bunch of defensive coordinators, I know that I can go into a training camp, pick up a playbook nice and easy, nice and fast; and go out there and play at any position they want me at.
"So I'm excited. Whatever opportunity does present itself, I'm just going in there and attack it, and just have fun playing going into Year 11."
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And should that opportunity come in the form of a viable offer from the Seahawks, Wright will be all for it.
"Yes, there is a chance," he said. "There is a chance, and I'm not closing the door on Seattle. Going into free agency, I thought it'd be a no-brainer, but they're going to wait until training camp, so we'll see."
Wright spent a decade with the Seahawks after getting the nod as their fourth-round pick in 2011, logging 140 starts in 144 games played. A knee injury plagued his 2018 season and cost him 11 games, but he's since not missed a single one and has been mostly durable throughout his career. With health no longer an question mark and having grabbed four interceptions to go along with 21 pass deflections, 127 solo tackles and two fumble recoveries in the last two seasons alone, it's clear Wright has plenty of tread left on his tires.
But should those tires roll him into a city other than Seattle, he won't leave with any hard feelings.
"No matter what happens, my career in Seattle was just unforgettable," he said. "Just 10 years -- got a Super Bowl, got a Pro Bowl, got Seahawks Man of the Year. I did a lot of good stuff in that jersey, and hopefully one day they put me up in the Ring of Honor. We'll see. But no matter what happens, just playing with [Bobby Wagner] and the Legion of Boom, those guys, that's going to be historical and I'm just thankful that I could be a part of it."
Wagner has lobbied for Wright to return to the Seahawks, and it's clear the feeling is mutual, but the end game will always be a financial one -- with Wright reportedly being unwilling to take a hometown discount to remain in Seattle. Of course, that was months ago and as training camp gets underway, it's possible he's more willing to compromise on that front -- although equally possible he isn't.
"We'll see if I go back to Seattle," he said. "That'd be nice. If not, I'm forever thankful."