If Jon Gruden and the Raiders front office can land the 11th-year free agent, they’ll gain some much-needed depth at the LB position.
Former Seahawks’ veteran LB K.J. Wright is in Las Vegas to meet with the Raiders, per source. It’s a familiar scheme with former Seahawks’ defensive coordinator Gus Bradley now being the Raiders’ DC.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 5, 2021
As mentioned by Schefter, a transition over to the Las Vegas defensive scheme should be an easy one for Wright. The 32-year-old linebacker has spent the past 10 seasons with the Seattle Seahawks (including a Pro-Bowl season in 2016). For the first two seasons of his NFL career (2011-12), Wright was led by defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, who took over the DC position for the Raiders earlier this offseason.
Through 10 years and 140 starts in his NFL career so far, Wright has logged 941 tackles, 13.5 sacks and 66 tackles for loss.
As of right now, the Raiders’ starting linebacker unit consists of former Pro Bowler Cory Littleton, fifth-year LB Nicholas Morrow and 23-year-old undrafted rookie Max Richardson.
With the addition of Wright on the outside, Morrow would likely takeover the middle and push Richardson back in the depth chart.
As part of his two-year, $14 million contract with the Seahawks, Wright earned $10 million through the 2020 season.