K.J. Wright
K.J. Wright
31-Year-Old LinebackerLB
Seattle Seahawks
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Wright essentially was in a contract year in 2019, as the Seahawks could've cut him and saved $6.5 million in 2020. However, the 30-year-old exceeded expectations with career highs in tackles (132), pass breakups (11) and interceptions (three), so he'll be sticking in Seattle for his 10th NFL season. He and Bobby Wagner have the most secure jobs on the team, but Wright will come at a decent discount in fantasy settings. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a two-year, $14 million contract with the Seahawks in March of 2019.
Sees dip in tackling numbers
LBSeattle Seahawks
January 11, 2021
Wright recorded 86 tackles, two sacks, 10 pass breakups and an interception over 16 games during the 2020 season.
ANALYSIS
In the final year of his contract, Wright endured a severe dip in his tackling numbers after posting a career-high 132 stops in 2019. However, he reached double-digit pass breakups for a second straight season, and he notched a sack for the first time since 2016. After 10 years in Seattle, it's unclear if Wright will be back in 2021. The arrival of 2020 first-round pick Jordyn Brooks works against Wright, but the Seahawks would need to bring in another linebacker via free agency or the draft if they let Wright walk.
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Snap Distribution / Depth Chart
Snap Counts
Snap %
Seattle SeahawksSeahawks 2020 LB Snap Distribution See more data like this | See last season's snap counts
#% of Team Snaps

121499%
66100%
105186%
5177%
40333%
4873%
12110%
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1149%
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1139%
12%
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Measurables Review
How do K.J. Wright's measurables compare to other linebackers?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
6' 4"
 
Weight
246 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.75 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.46 sec
 
Cone Drill
7.26 sec
 
Vertical Jump
32.0 in
 
Broad Jump
120 in
 
Bench Press
20 reps
 
Hand Length
9.00 in
 
Arm Length
34.88 in
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Wright carried four straight 100-tackle seasons into the 2018 campaign, but the streak ended when he injured his knee and only took the field for five games. The 30-year-old re-upped with the only team he has ever played for, although injury concerns still linger. The trade acquisition of Jadeveon Clowney got rid of Wright's main competition in Barkevious Mingo and Jacob Martin, meaning Wright should be a heavily used starter at outside linebacker opposite Mychal Kendricks. Keep Wright on your radar for IDP usage, but make sure he's healthy enough before plugging him into your fantasy lineup.
In addition to Bobby Wagner, Wright is one of the two full-time linebackers for Seattle, and one with four straight seasons of triple-digit tackles to his name. Wright probably has one of the lowest ceilings on this list – he's surpassed 120 tackles just once in seven years and he doesn't make plays in coverage – but he also boasts one of the more reliable floors among linebacker IDPs thanks to his average of 114 tackles per year going back to 2014. Shaquem Griffin shouldn't be a problem for Wright until 2019.
Wright may be the most belligerent player on this list after Burfict, but you can get away with cheap shots when you play linebacker as well as he does. Even with Bobby Wagner stealing most of the spotlight, Wright is a feared defender riding the wave of three consecutive seasons with triple-digit tackles. There isn't much interception potential here -- just one in six years -- but a career-high four sacks from last year shows his pass-rushing skill set is reaching new levels. Wright should once again lock into a three-down role next to Wagner.
Surpassing 850 snaps each of the last two years, Wright has 223 tackles and three sacks to his credit over that time, giving him low-end LB2 utility in most IDP formats. His play count could decrease a bit if Bobby Wagner stays healthy all year, but Wright's 2014 season is likely his floor. Just realize the ceiling likely isn't high, as only two of Wright's five NFL seasons resulted in triple-digit tackles. Still, he's one of the more underrated outside linebackers in the league.
A 2011 fourth-round pick, Wright has become an important piece in the Seahawks defense. He's faster than his 4.75 speed suggests and his versatility allows him to play all three linebacker spots. A sure tackler, he's good for a 100-tackle pass every year. Playing weakside linebacker doesn't offer many sack opportunities, but he usually gets a couple a season. At 6-foot-4, 246 pounds, Wright is strong against the run and in coverage, which is why the Seahawks rewarded him with a four-year extension last December.
Wright missed three games last season with a foot injury but otherwise was a force at weakside linebacker. The position doesn't offer him many sacks -- just 4.5 in his three seasons in Seattle -- but he's posted a 100-tackle pace the last two years. The Seahawks have an excellent linebacking corps, and the 6-4, 246, Wright is a major reason why.
Wagner has decisively established himself as Seattle's top linebacker, but Wright seems safely locked in as the team's other nickel linebacker, meaning Wright should comfortably make it to triple-digit tackles as long as he plays 16 games. He missed one game and most of another due to a concussion, and as a result he finished with 96 tackles to go along with one sack and one interception. Wright's per-game tackle numbers should improve in 2013, though, because Leroy Hill is no longer around, and Wright should surpass the 866 defensive snaps he saw in 2012.
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Good to go for Thursday's game
LBSeattle Seahawks
November 18, 2020
Wright (ankle) doesn't carry an injury designation into Thursday's game against the Cardinals, Curtis Crabtree of Sports Radio KJR reports.
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Limited to begin week
LBSeattle Seahawks
Ankle
November 16, 2020
Wright (ankle) was a limited participant on Monday's practice estimate, Curtis Crabtree of Sports Radio 950 KJR Seattle reports.
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Able to rebound for Week 10
LBSeattle Seahawks
November 15, 2020
Wright (ankle) is active for Sunday's matchup against the Rams.
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Trending in right direction
LBSeattle Seahawks
Ankle
November 13, 2020
Wright (ankle) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Rams, Curtis Crabtree of Sports Radio 950 KJR Seattle reports.
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Listed as non-participant Wednesday
LBSeattle Seahawks
Ankle
November 11, 2020
Wright (ankle) didn't participate in Wednesday's practice, Michael-Shawn Dugar of The Athletic reports.
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