Blue 42: Which Seahawks free agent could be first to sign elsewhere?
With free agency just around the corner, the Seahawks – like all teams – face the risk of losing a few impactful players. Among them is All Pro safety Earl Thomas (who has been linked to both Dallas and San Francisco), linebacker K.J. Wright, running back Mike Davis, cornerback Justin Coleman, and guards J.R. Sweezy and D.J. Fluker.
But who among those names could be the first to sign elsewhere? For 710 ESPN Seattle’s Brock Huard, that’s an easy answer.
“I think it’s Earl or K.J.,” Huard said during his Blue 42 segment of Brock and Salk. “They’re the hottest commodities. And ultimately, I’m going to land on K.J. Wright. Earl’s going to have to deal with a more flooded safety market. This is not a great linebacker market. Linebacker as a position group in the NFL has some of the most slim pickings in all the league. And with K.J. Wright, other teams aren’t going to know the injury history, they’re not going to know the details of his knee as well as the Seahawks do. They’re going to look at the end of the year where he came and played really well.”
A lingering knee injury limited the 29-year-old Wright to just five games last year. His best performance, though, was in Seattle’s final game of the year. In a Wild Card loss to the Dallas Cowboys, Wright had eight tackles and a goal-line interception.
“I think K.J. is going to be targeted by somebody who wants his leadership,” Huard said. “And he is still young enough; he’s not 35. There’s still two, three years left of football for K.J. Wright, and I think someone’s going to pay him a lot of money to come into their organization.”
Listen to Huard’s entire Blue 42 segment in the audio clip embedded above.