Linebacker K.J. Wright signs four-year extension with Seahawks

Dec 18, 2014, 12:22 PM | Updated: 1:29 pm
Linebacker K.J. Wright said he "knew" he would eventually be invited to the Pro Bowl. (AP)...
Linebacker K.J. Wright said he "knew" he would eventually be invited to the Pro Bowl. (AP)
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The Seahawks have signed linebacker K.J. Wright to a four-year extension, the team announced Thursday.

Wright was in the final year of his contract, and becomes the first linebacker to receive an extension from Seattle under head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider.

Though terms of the contract have not been released, it is reportedly worth $27 million, according to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport.

Wright told 710 ESPN Seattle’s “The Huddle” shortly after the announcement was made how relieved he was to agree to the extension.

“It feels real good to know that I’m wanted here by the GM, by Coach Carroll, and to know that they have future plans with me,” he said. “Talk got started around springtime, but the later on the season went, I thought I was gonna become a free agent. Thankfully they got talking, they figured everything out.”

Wright said he didn’t want to leave Seattle, so avoiding free agency is a positive for him.

“I didn’t (want to leave Seattle). Not at all. I love it here. This is a perfect place for me,” he said. “Now your mind can be clear and just set on ‘This will be my home for a good amount of time.’ I can build a house here and just get settled and just make everything feel right.

A fourth-round pick of the Seahawks in 2011, Wright has 96 combined tackles this season, just two short of his career high with two regular-season games left to play. The 6-foot-4, 246 pounder also has two sacks and three forced fumbles in 2014.

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