Cincinnati Bengals listed as a logical landing spot for K.J. Wright
It’s surprising to see long-time Seahawks linebacker K.J. Wright still available in free agency but that’s exactly what the situation is. The Cincinnati Bengals could desperately use Wright in their linebacker corps and Brad Gagnon of Bleacher Report thinks they’re a ‘logical landing spot’ for Wright’s services.
Gagnon wrote this about Wright:
"He’s about to turn 32, but the 2016 Pro Bowler recorded 132 tackles in 2019 and had 86 more along with two sacks and an interception as a 16-game starter in 2020.He’s not a future Hall of Famer or anything, but he’s durable and consistent. That’s extremely valuable in this league."
The Bengals’ linebackers haven’t received high praise this offseason and for good reason. The run defense was atrocious last year, allowing the fourth-most rushing yards in the league and while the Bengals are hoping to get Logan Wilson at full strength in what should be a breakout year, Germaine Pratt and Akeem Davis-Gaither have to take that next jump.
Wright would add an experienced linebacker to the group and he had over 80 tackles last year along with two sacks. He’s also durable, appearing in every regular-season game in each of the last two seasons.
The Cincinnati Bengals could use K.J. Wright on their defense.
If the Bengals were to strike a deal with Wright, he’d be an immediate starter on defense for them. His experience, durability, and ability to tackle players is something Cincinnati could use on their defense, especially if they want to make any kind of noise in the AFC North.
Wright is turning 32 in July, which could be why some teams are hesitant in bringing him in. He also hasn’t shied away from making it known that he wants a nice payday and won’t be taking a discount. Age and the amount of money it’ll take to bring him in shouldn’t worry the Bengals, as they have the cap space and have a need for his services.
The Bengals need a few more splash signings before the start of training camp and Wright would be a terrific late-offseason addition to their defense.