Raiders sign veteran linebacker K.J. Wright

Source: Jim Dedmon/USA TODAY Sports

The Raiders have signed K.J. Wright to a one-year deal, according to Josina Anderson.

The linebacker visited with the Raiders in early August but left Las Vegas without a deal. Wright previously spent his entire career with the Seattle Seahawks.

Wright made one Pro Bowl and won Super Bowl XLVIII as part of a legendary defense that was known as “the Legion of Boom.” Current Raiders defensive coordinator Gus Bradley is considered to be the architect of that defense, but Bradley was hired to be head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars two seasons before the Seahawks Super Bowl win.

Bradley served as Seahawks defensive coordinator for K.J. Wright’s first two seasons in the NFL.

Wright finished 2020 with a respectable 75.3 overall PFF grade. He had 86 combined tackles, 1 interception, 1 forced fumble, 2 sacks, and 11 tackles for loss.

Wright was recently named to the player-voted NFL Top 100 list, coming in at #67. Raiders RB Josh Jacobs ranked #68 and TE Darren Waller ranked #35.

K.J. Wright joins veteran acquisitions DT Gerald McCoy and LB Denzel Perryman as late additions to the Raiders roster. Wright will help reinforce a currently-depleted linebacking unit.

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