The Seattle Seahawks' excellence on the defensive side of the ball has continued into the 2014 season with the reigning Super Bowl champions boasting the number one ranked defense 16 weeks into the campaign.
Well aware of the talent they have at their disposal it is therefore no surprise that the Seahawks have been trying to lock down their key defensive core on long-term deals moving forward.
And today they managed to wrap up one such contract with linebacker K.J. Wright agreeing to a new four-year extension with the Seattle franchise.
Drafted in 2011, Wright has matured into an integral part of the Seattle lineup. The former Mississippi State LB has started all but four of his 58 NFL appearances and recored 333 tackles in that time.
With 6.5 sacks, one interception, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries to boost that stat line it is no wonder the 'Hawks were desperate to keep their man tied down.
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Got their man
Seahawks Executive Vice President & General Manager John Schneider was delighted to announce the deal on Thursday:
"In the offseason, we identified K.J. Wright as one of our core players moving forward and aimed to keep him as a part of the Seahawks family for a long time," he explained.
"The timing of the signing gives us the ability to keep as many of our core players together as we possibly can. Since Day one, K.J. has been a true professional in his daily approach and we are excited for K.J., his family and the 12s to keep him in the organization."
Legion of Boom
Seattle's top defensive stars are always likely to draw attention from rival NFL franchises and as a result the Seahawks have made the right move in keeping Wright on board until 2018.
According to Ian Rapoport the deal is worth around $27 million over those four years and Pete Carroll chimed in on the franchise's deal with the man who currently leads the team in tackles this season with 96 combined.
"“K.J. is the epitome of a team guy,” said Carroll.
“We are excited to reward a player of his caliber for all the hard work he has put in over the years to become an important piece of our defense.”
With Wright signed up next in Seattle's sights appears to be fellow linebacker Bobby Wagner. Should they strike a deal with him then the future of Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith would appear to be in doubt as the Seahawks look to manoeuvre finances.
What do you think Seattle fans? A good deal for all involved or could the money have been better spent? Let us know in the comments section below...