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Longtime Seahawks linebacker K.J. Wright signs one-day contract to retire with Seattle

Veteran linebacker K.J. Wright signed a one-day contract Wednesday to retire as a member of the Seattle Seahawks. The veteran linebacker spent all but one of his 11 NFL seasons with Seattle, and helped the Seahawks win their first title in 2013. The 33-year-old Wright returned to the franchise Wednesday after spending the 2021 season with the Las Vegas Raiders.

Wright started 140 games for Seattle from 2011-20, during which the Seahawks won four division titles, two conference titles and Super Bowl XLVIII over that span.  Via the team’s website, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said last year after Wright signed with the Raiders: “K.J. Wright has been an incredible Seahawk and been an incredible man in the community as well. There aren’t enough words to talk about the kind of person that he is, the wonderful contributor he has been to the program for 10 years. We had a blast together. I love K.J… K.J. will always be a Seahawk.”

Wright tallied 941 tackles, 11 forced fumbles, nine fumble recoveries, six interceptions, 54 passes defensed and 13.5 sacks during his decade in Seattle. He earned Pro Bowl honors in 2016 after racking up 126 tackles, four sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. Wright is third in franchise history in career tackles and tackles for loss, and is tied for third in franchise history in career forced fumbles. He’s also seventh in franchise history in career pass breakups.

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