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Pro Bowl linebacker K.J. Wright signs with the Las Vegas Raiders

Two days. Two signings of former Pro Bowl defenders. The Las Vegas Raiders have reportedly inked Pro Bowl linebacker K.J. Wright after he met with the team’s brass in the desert on Thursday.

Wright, 32, spent each of his first 10 NFL seasons as a member of the Seattle Seahawks. The linebacker earned a Pro Bowl appearance with Seattle back in 2016 and has been among the most-underrated players at his position during that span.

This past season saw Wright record 86 tackles (60 solo), 10 passes defended and an interception. While the Mississippi State product is no longer the player he was during his heyday in the Pacific Northwest, K.J. Wright will be a major upgrade for Las Vegas’ defense.

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He’ll likely take over for Nicholas Morrow on the strong-side under new Raiders defensive coordinator Gus Bradley. Interestingly enough, Wright starred for Bradley in Seattle to start his NFL career in 2011 and 2012. This move also comes one day after Las Vegas inked Pro Bowl defensive tackle Gerald McCoy.

Las Vegas Raiders defensive depth chart after K.J. Wright signing

las vegas raiders sign k.j. wright
Jan 3, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; San Francisco 49ers fullback Kyle Juszczyk (44) is brought down by Seattle Seahawks outside linebacker K.J. Wright (50) during the first half at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
  • DE: Maxx Crosby
  • DT: Johnathan Hankins
  • DT: Gerald McCoy
  • DE: Yannick Ngakoue
  • LB: K.J. Wright
  • LB: Nick Kwiatkoski
  • LB: Cory Littleton
  • CB: Trayvon Mullen
  • CB: Casey Hayward
  • FS: Trevon Moehrig
  • SS: Johnathan Abram

The K.J. Wright signing represents the fourth different Pro Bowl defender Las Vegas has brought on this offseason in hopes of improving a unit that yielded nearly 30 points per game in 2020.