Over the last two seasons, the Raiders have done a ton of work to revamp their linebacker corps. The team signed two veterans last offseason, re-sign Nicholas Morrow and drafted Tanner Muse and Divine Deablo in back-to-back drafts.
However, the Raiders are always interested in adding competition and veterans to their roster. That is why former K.J. Wright, a former Pro Bowler for the Seahawks, would make some sense as he continues to be a free agent.
In a recent article by ESPN’s 32 beat writers, each listed one last offseason move each team should make ahead of training camp. For the Raiders, it was bringing in Wright, who knows Gus Bradley’s defensive scheme better than anyone. Here are their thoughts on the possible reunion:
“While a return to Seattle seems at least plausible, a reunion with new Raiders defensive coordinator Gus Bradley is also appealing. Wright has system familiarity but would also bring toughness, leadership and production to a defense that needs it all. Coach Jon Gruden has always had an affinity for veterans, and the always-reliable Wright would make this defense better.”
While it’s not a bad idea at all to bring in a player like Wright, it makes more sense to bring him in at the end of training camp. The Raiders need to give as many reps as possible to players like Muse and Deablo, who are both on rookie contracts. If neither player is ready to contribute in 2021, then it makes sense to sign Wright to play a complementary role.
The Raiders do seem like a good fit for Wright as he can play the strongside linebacker position better than just about anyone else. We will continue to monitor his market as the Raiders could be interested in his services at some point this offseason.