FRISCO - As we discussed in this space before the start of NFL free agency, on many levels, K.J. Wright jumping from Seattle to the Dallas Cowboys - if the price could be made right - makes a great deal of sense.
And now a Seahawks beat writer agrees with the premise, listing Dallas as one of the four "possible'' destinations due to "familiarity with the coaching staff.''
Our view on Wright is unchanged. ... and is maybe even strengthened by the fact that he's been sitting on the free-agency shelf for more than a week now. The Cowboys have some uncertainty at linebacker right now with Jaylon Smith, Leighton Vander Esch and Sean Lee, and could use stability and high performance. Wright has been just that for Seattle for a decade.
The fact that his credentials include winning a Super Bowl as part of the “Legion of Boom” defense and going to the Pro Bowl in 2016 represent strength. So does his connection with former boss Dan Quinn, now Dallas' defensive coordinator.
An imperfection? Wright is 32.
Any other impediments? Well, there is the fact that the 6-4, 240-pounder recently became a SAM linebacker, the least useful of the three spots. ... though sources indicate to us that most NFL teams believe he can play in multiple spots.
And aligned with that, there is the issue of Wright wanting to be paid.
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"I do way too much on the football field to take a (home-town) discount,'' Wright recently said of the idea of staying in Seattle.
Wright has been, and is projected to be again, a $6 mil to $7 mil per year guy. That could still happen ... though again, the market is probably drying up a bit.
We're going to assume that Quinn, who will have a voice in personnel here at The Star, would give the concept in general a thumbs-up.
We'll also bet that Quinn would testify that Wright isn't "only'' a strong-side linebacker ... and maybe it's Jaylon Smith who should move there, meaning fewer snaps for him and more "down-hill'' chances to make plays. ... and with newcomer Keanu Neal set to be a "hybrid'' defender (safety, WILL, whatever), again, Wright's versatility actually helps.
And one more positive: Wright is hailed as a leadership guy in Seattle, maybe even a championship-level culture changer, and while the Dallas locker room might not think it needs that ... averaging seven wins per season in the last two years says otherwise.
The Cowboys can "afford'' a player like this ... but will they choose younger and more affordable ways to split up the "pie''? The vibe in Seattle seems to increase the possibility.
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