FRISCO - Common sense says free-agent linebacker K.J. Wright is a natural fit for the Dallas Cowboys.
In our 1-on-1 visit on Friday, the long-time Seattle Seahawks standout says he sees it the same way.
"Dallas has certainly always been on my list of 'dream teams,''' Wright tells CowboysSI.com. "With coach Dan Quinn there, and with other aspects of that team and that defense, I do think it's one of the teams I fit in with.''
Our view on Wright is unchanged. At 6-4 and 246, the 31-year-old remains a force even after a decade of NFL football.
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, his credentials including winning a Super Bowl as part of the “Legion of Boom” defense and going to the Pro Bowl in 2016.
His connection with former boss Quinn, now Dallas' defensive coordinator, is a factor in our thinking, and obviously, in Wright's, too, as Wright has labeled Quinn a "defensive mastermind.''
We're going to assume that Quinn, who has already demonstrated that he has a powerful voice in personnel here at The Star, would give the concept in general a thumbs-up.
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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 (WILL, safety, 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.
Money is always an issue, and so is Super Bowl contention, and there are surely other "dream-team'' candidates on Wright's list, presumably including Seattle. But this concept makes common sense ... and K.J. Wright sense.
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"I haven't made any decisions yet,'' Wright tells us. "But it's a big one - and I'm looking forward to the future.''