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December 18, 2014 at 2:01 PM

Seahawks LB K.J. Wright: “This just feels like home”

Seattle linebacker K.J. Wright said he was a little bit curious what he might have been worth on the open market.

But Wright’s preference was to stay in Seattle. And when the Seahawks came through with a four-year deal worth $27 million, Wright quickly and happily agreed to stay with the team through the 2018 season.

In fact, Wright said the contract was higher than the dollar figure he had in his head.

“It’s just a blessing to know that the Seahawks want me here for a long period of time,” Wright said. “Coach (Pete) Carroll called me the night before and explained how much I mean to the team, being a leader. …. I love it here. They drafted me and this just feels like home.”

Wright had been considered a priority for the team to re-sign in the off-season, when he would have been an unrestricted free agent after being taken in the fourth round in 2011.

Wright had said last summer that he hoped to stay with the Seahawks but said in recent days he had started wondering if it would get done. He said talks intensified in recent days and that everything was signed on Wednesday night.

“I started getting a little worried that it wasn’t going to get done and I might be a free agent,” he said. “But they came to me and we worked something out and everybody is happy.”

Wright is working on the final year of his rookie contract, due to make $1.389 million this season.

While the Seahawks had identified Wright as a priority to get done, that task became easier when the Seahawks traded Percy Harvin in October, shedding the rest of his salary for the season ($6.47 million).

Seattle last off-season extended Earl Thomas, Doug Baldwin and Richard Sherman and also re-signed free agent Michael Bennett. In 2013 they extended Kam Chancellor, all part of the team’s goal of keeping its young, core players together.

Wright said staying with core group was a priority.

“We play so well together and we get along so good,” Wright said. “We’ve just got to keep these guys around. It only makes sense to have the guys you drafted here to keep growing and developing as football players so I’m glad that they chose me to stick around and I’m going to be nothing but the best player on and off the field.”

And that he won’t find out what he might have been worth on the open market, he said, is just fine.

“I’m not going to lie,” he said. “It would have been nice to see what other teams thought of you, see what your value was like. But like I said, I love it here. I didn’t want to go anywhere else. I didn’t want to.”

Now, he won’t.

Seattle’s priorities this off-season now become quarterback Russell Wilson and middle linebacker Bobby Wagner. The team can extend each this year after they complete the third year of their four-year rookie contracts. Byron Maxwell, Cliff Avril and Malcolm Smith, among others, will also be free agents.

Below is some video of Wright’s session with the media today:

Seahawks linebacker K.J. Wright talks to the media Thursday.

 

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