K.J. Wright would be intriguing addition for Buffalo Bills
K.J. Wright, one of the better linebackers in the league, is still available.
K.J. Wright, the former longtime Seattle Seahawk is still a free agent. Wright would be the “Wright” pickup for the Buffalo Bills who have a solid linebackers room. Now there isn’t anyone that would turn down Wright on a cheap contract. With the cap space set to increase by nearly 14 million next season, one/two-year deals have been all the rage this offseason.
Klein has been in the league since 2013, spending a few seasons in Carolina and New Orleans before coming to Orchard Park. When he signed with the Bills, Klein inked a 3 year, $18M contract with $11M guaranteed. Now for his details, there is a potential “out” for Klein at the end of this year, according to spotrac.
This would leave Klein’s total earnings at $12.8M, and only with a 400k cap hit. That isn’t too bad. If the team would see so much as to release Klein after June 1st, he would carry a $5.2M dead cap hit, but also give the team about $1M in cap space. This leads me to Wright and the potential contract I would offer him if I was Brandon Beane.
So why K.J. Wright?
My reasoning for Wright to join the Bills is that he clearly has been one of the top performers at his position for the last decade. A smart linebacker who is used to playing against great receiving threats- Larry Fitzgerald, Vernon Davis (when he was in his prime), Jimmy Graham, so and so forth.
This experience can help the Buffalo Bills, and limit tight ends and other receiving threats. So if Wright would want to come in on a cheap contract and compete for a ring, then it may just work out. A cheap contract that I would offer is the following:
- 1 year, 2.5 total
- $1M guaranteed
- $500K signing bonus
- Thanks to OverTheCap.com for the cap tool.
I think for such a cheap deal, why not? It may mean the difference when the game is on the line when these will almost inevitably meet again in the playoffs. Travis Kelce in four games against the Bills has 14 receptions for 192 yards and 3 touchdowns.
I know that Wright originally wanted a big contract, but considering how jam-packed the NFC West is, why not come to Buffalo where the division is a bit easier and the Bills are arguably a better Super Bowl favorite than Seattle is. The team still has over $3M in cap space with a June 1 cut of Klein and the offer above. Of course, if the price was higher, the team could offer more next season, as a back-loaded kind of contract.
Wright may not be the wrong for the Buffalo Bills heading into the 2021 season.