K.J. Wright looms as key part of Seahawks’ future plans
Linebacker K.J. Wright is entering the last year of his contract, and the Seahawks could give him a new contract or extension at any time, as they did during the offseason for Richard Sherman.
Seattle Times staff reporter
RENTON — The response from the Seahawks to Marshawn Lynch’s holdout has been to note that the team has a carefully constructed plan to keep its core players in place.
Giving in to Lynch would be deviating from that plan, the Seahawks say.
One player who looms as a key part of the future of that plan is linebacker K.J. Wright.
Wright is entering the last year of his contract, and as such the Seahawks could give him a new contract or extension at any time, as they did during the offseason for cornerback Richard Sherman, who like Wright was taken in the 2011 draft.
If Wright does not sign a new deal now he could become an unrestricted free agent following the season, when he might project as one of the top linebackers on the market.
The team’s projected starter at weakside linebacker, Wright has played all three linebacker spots for the Seahawks, a versatility that could enhance his value on the open market.
There has been lots of speculation the team might do something soon to secure Wright’s future in Seattle, but he said after practice Wednesday that he has not talked with the team about a new contract.
He also said the expected — that his desire is to stay in Seattle.
“I’m hoping something gets done,’’ he said. “But if it doesn’t, then I’ll be fine. This place I really like and enjoy, but you know, good guys leave. Golden (Tate), Walter (Thurmond), those guys had to walk. If they want me here, they will find a way to keep me.”
That the team has been able to get deals done with the players it has made a priority to keep hasn’t been lost on Wright.
“If they say they are going to do something, (general manager) John Schneider usually gets it done,’’ he said. “So I am looking forward to seeing what the future holds for me.”
DT Williams suffers knee injury
For the second straight day the Seahawks appeared to have suffered a potentially significant injury.
Wednesday, it was defensive tackle Jesse Williams who was carted off the field with a knee injury during practice.
Williams, a fifth-round pick out of Alabama, missed all of last season after having surgery to fix some previous issues with his knee. It was unclear if the injury suffered Wednesday was related to his past knee issues as coach Pete Carroll did not meet with the media afterward and the team did not offer a prognosis other than to say it would know more on Thursday.
Tuesday, it was tight end Anthony McCoy suffering an Achilles injury deemed serious and possibly costing him the season.