K.J. Wright has been one of the most consistent, solid pieces of the Seattle Seahawks' defense over the course of the last 10 seasons.
And the Seahawks will have to pay the 32-year-old at market value if they want to keep him beyond this season.
In a recent interview with CBS Sports' Jim Rome, Wright confirmed that he wouldn't be considering a hometown discount to stay with the Seahawks.
"I do way too much on the football field to take a discount. That makes absolutely no sense. Like, if you want to win all these championships and look good on Sundays, you've got to compensate your guys that are making plays," Wright said. "I have a family and I'm trying to set up long-term success for my family."
To Wright's point, he has been a big-time playmaker for the Seahawks. He has started 140 of 144 games played for Seattle and has 941 tackles, 54 pass defenses, 66 tackles for loss, and 13.5 sacks on his career. Last year, he was the only player in the NFL to record double-digits in pass defenses and TFLs.
However, that hasn't stopped some Seahawks fans from saying that Wright should take a discount. And Wright hasn't been holding back the fire in his response to them.
For the most part though, Wright's conversations were with fans that wanted him to stick around.. Some even offered him gift cards to stick around
Wright also called for the Seahawks not to cut anyone and to get creative to generate the cap space needed to keep him.
In a perfect world, Wright would like to stay in Seattle and finish his career where it started.
"That'd just be a beautiful story," Wright said. "If I could just ride it all out with the Seahawks, that's some legendary-type stuff."
But as his fans reminded him, even if he does leave, Seattle will always be there for Wright.
The onus is on the Seahawks front office to see if there's a way to keep Wright around.
The coming weeks will show whether or not they can make enough cap space to make that happen... or if they're willing to let one of their best defenders walk this offseason amid a salary-cap crunch.