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4 free agent linebackers the NY Jets should still consider signing

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4. The NY Jets could sign K.J. Wright

The Jets could really use a veteran linebacker who not only can still play at a high level, but someone who also has experience playing in a similar defensive system. Step right up K.J. Wright.

Wright spent the first 10 years of his career with the Seattle Seahawks where he developed from a little-known fourth-round pick into one of the better outside linebackers in football.

He crossed paths with Robert Saleh in Seattle from 2011 (Wright's rookie season) to 2013 when the now-Jets head coach was working as a defensive quality control coach.

The Jets' current defensive scheme is heavily inspired by that Seahawks defense led by Dan Quinn. After all, Jets defensive coordinator Jeff Ulbrich also spent many years working under Quinn, just as Saleh did.

Wright isn't the player he used to be, but he's proven over the last couple of years that he still has something left in the tank.

The 32-year-old spent last season with the Las Vegas Raiders where he played all 17 games and earned a Pro Football Focus grade of 65.1 that ranked 23rd among all linebackers in the NFL.

This came one year after his 75.7 PFF grade ranked seventh at his position. Wright can still play, and it's not like injuries have been an issue either. He's played 15 or more games in seven of his last eight seasons.

Given his experience with Saleh, bringing Wright in to provide extra depth and veteran guidance to a young and unproven linebacker corps would make a lot of sense.

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