FRISCO - Common sense says free-agent linebacker K.J. Wright is a natural fit for the Dallas Cowboys. And in our recent 1-on-1 visit on 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.''
But bad news for the dreamers: The Cowboys do not at this time agree with the fit, or with the dream, and according to sources have informed Wright's representation that they will not be pursuing him at this time.
Wright, 6-4 and 246 and at 31-year-old still a force even after a decade of NFL football, could still return to the Seahawks, though that move is not, sources tell us, "front-burner'' for Seattle.
The Cowboys, in the view of some, 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.
But the Dallas front office - maybe also influenced by whatever Wright's contract desires are - believe that their linebacking corps is solid as is.
Wright's connection with former boss Quinn, now Dallas' defensive coordinator, was thought to be a positive factor in Dallas' thinking, and obviously, in Wright's, too, as Wright has labeled Quinn a "defensive mastermind.''
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With newcomer Keanu Neal set to be a "hybrid'' defender (WILL, safety, whatever), maybe the Cowboys feel they have specifically fortified the spot - and maybe, had the Neal thing not happened, the Wright thing would have.
The Cowboys have done some work at all three levels of their defense now via free agency. (See 'Cowboys NFL Draft Tracker' below - D-line, secondary and now linebacker ... and of course to Cowboys management, signing QB Dak Prescott has been the centerpiece of it all.
But they pass here on Wright, 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. Nevertheless, the Cowboys are satisfied at linebacker ... and K.J. Wright is destined to chase the next dream.
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