NFL's free agency window is weeks away from the opening, and the Los Angeles Chargers may want to go up to the Pacific Northwest to fill a gap in their defense.
It's the time of year, the football fans.
Super Bowl LIII has gone slow and the 2018 NFL season has come to an end. And with that, the loudly talked about 2019 free agency signing period on the horizon. The teams have until March 13 to decide which players they want to rewrite and which ones they will release for free.
The charger enters the offseason with a clear need for another consistent linebacker. Denzel Perryman is their best player at the post, but his inability to stay healthy has been a long-standing problem since joining the league in 201
Seahawks linebacker KJ Wright was able to test the market in mid-March when his contract expires. Although he missed most of this last season with knee injury, the eight-year-old veteran has never struggled to stay on the pitch throughout his career. In addition, he has been one of the NFL's most reliable linebackers for the past five seasons.
From 2014 to 2017, the Tennessee-born player recorded at least 105 combined tackles and at least 70 solo tackles annually. In his five matches of this regular season, Wright eliminates 23 combined tackles and 15 solo tackles.
He was a valuable asset in Seattle's only playoff match in the fight against the Dallas Cowboys. The long time Seahawk had seven solo tackles, eight combined tackles and one intercept in their divisional round losses.
Wright would undoubtedly increase Chargers linebacking corps if general manager Tom Telesco signs him. The Mississippi State Graduate is a robust run-stuffer who would give a young Bolts front-seven a strong veteran leader.
His two Super Bowl appearances and six trips to the playoffs would add plenty of experience to one of AFC's top squads in 2018.
Apart from Perryman, LA's linebacker group includes Kyle Emanuel , Uchenna Nwosu, Hayes Pullard and Nick Dzubnar. These players are not striking fears in the eyes of conflicting offenses at any time soon.
The only difficult aspect of signing Wright could be his salary. Last season, he made $ 6.75 million and could ask for more money if he didn't return to Emerald City. However, his quote would not be sky-high as some of the other free free agents in 2019. Although the bolts have to hand out a few million to bring him to Southern California, the investment would still be worth it. Former Pro Bowler said he was comfortable staying in Seattle, but it is unclear whether Seahawk's management wants to expand its contract.
Nevertheless, Wright's experience, solid tackle and excellent stop-stop would be a valuable addition to the charger linebacking corps.