Green Bay Packers fans are ready for the here and now. After a ridiculously tumultuous off-season, the green and gold faithful are ready to focus on the present. What will happen with Rodgers after this season? Who cares. Is Jordan Love capable of being a superstar in this league? Who cares. Has the front office created another Rodgers situation with Davante Adams? Who. Cares.
Obviously we will care about all these topics at some point, but right now it’s time to go win a Super Bowl. From the moment Rodgers and Adams put up matching social media posts referencing the Last Dance this season has had an “everybody all in for one big run” vibe.
With that mentality in mind, and a roster that is near the top of the league, why not take this moment to really go all in?
Bleacher Report just listed the top free agents available and where they fit the best. And they think KJ Wright would look great on the Packers and gave these insights to his situation:
Linebacker isn’t a premium position in the NFL compared to pass-rusher and cornerback, but it’s surprising K.J. Wright has yet to find a home.
The 32-year-old has been a steady presence in Seattle since 2011, missing more than three games in a season just once. He’s recorded 941 total tackles, 13.5 sacks, six interceptions and 11 forced fumbles.
Last year, Wright posted 86 total tackles, two sacks and 10 passes defended in 16 games, which earned him a 75.3 Pro Football Focus grade, firmly in the “starter” bracket of the grading process.
Wright is past the dreaded age of 30, but the signs of slowing down aren’t dramatic, and he’s reliable. A contender like Green Bay could use his experience in the middle of a multiple front to help others, never mind the production he’d offer.
Wright would obviously want a one year, prove it deal and with the Packers cap room this seems like it would be an all upside situation. Worst case scenario he comes in and flops and you’re on the hook for this seasons salary. Best case scenario you added a stud linebacker trying to prove he still belongs in the big contract club to a Super Bowl level roster that could absolutely use linebacker depth.
The move would be pretty out of the ordinary for an organization who rarely spends on big-name free agents, let alone chases them heading into the season. But if Gutekunst could get over himself a little bit and realize the opportunity he has in front of him(not next year or in the for seeable future, but right now) then KJ Wright on this team doesn’t seem like it could go wrong.