The Las Vegas Raiders added K.J. Wright to the linebacker group on Thursday, bolstering a unit that was once considered thin.
The Las Vegas Raiders signed K.J. Wright on Thursday, bringing in the 32-year-old former Pro Bowler who had spent the last ten seasons with Seattle Seahawks,. His release this offseason was met with much confusion and debate, as he was still a talent at his advancing age, and rumors swirled that the Seahawks could possibly even bring back the linebacker on a cheaper contract.
After receiving a workout with the Las Vegas Raiders, he left the facility without a deal, but fast forward nearly a month later, and now the Silver and Black have finally got their man to help with a depleted linebacking unit. This is a group that is a bit thin due to injuries to Nicholas Morrow, but also one that was recently bolstered with a trade for Denzel Perryman.
In Wright, the Raiders get a player who was rated as one of the top linebackers in the NFL last season and one who is ready to come in and help right away. Las Vegas’ defense was atrocious this past season, and with all of the additions this offseason, including Wright, it should change the narrative in a big way in 2021.
The move for Wright comes only 11 days from the season opener, but there are plenty of reasons why he will be a perfect fit in Las Vegas.