Wright has the same problem as Baldwin. He isn’t getting younger and missed a lot of the year with an injury. Wright hurt his knee in preseason and wasn’t really himself until very late in the year. He was very good against the Cowboys in the Wild Card game but that was the first game 12s saw Wright play as well as in previous years.
Seattle signed Mychal Kendricks early in the year to replace Wright. Prior to being suspended for insider trading, Kendricks was very good. Kendricks also did something Wright doesn’t normally do but that the Seahawks badly needed: He put pressure on the opposing quarterback.
Like Wright, Kendricks is a free agent too. Most likely, Kendricks will be cheaper than Wright and could be just as productive. Kendricks has a hearing for a possible jail sentence on January 24th. If he serves no jail time for insider trading, he would be an enticing player for lots of teams. He may feel that Seattle is a good place for him as the Seahawks took a chance on him when other teams didn’t.
Wright, though, is a good guy in the locker room and in the community. The question becomes whether Seattle thinks they have a better chance of winning with Wright or Kendricks. And if Kendricks comes at a cheaper price, it might give the Seahawks some wiggle room to sign another needed player.