The Buccaneers continue to add quality depth in free agency with the signing of former Chicago Bears strong safety Major Wright. The former Florida Gators star was drafted by Lovie Smith in Chicago in 2010 and will compete for a roster spot in Tampa Bay.
The roster shuffle and makeover for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers continued on Friday afternoon when head coach Lovie Smith reunited with former player Major Wright on a reported one-year deal.
Wright has been a three-year starter in Chicago where he has amassed 253 tackles, 18 passes defensed, nine interceptions, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries while scoring three defensive touchdowns.
Wright, a third-round pick in 2010, broke into the starting lineup in 2011 and posted 58 tackles, seven pass breakups and three interceptions, including one returned for a score. In 2012, Wright had 71 tackles, eight pass breakups, a career-high four interceptions, including one for a TD, two fumble recoveries and a forced fumble.
Last year, Wright posted a career-high 100 tackles, broke up three passes, had a career-high two forced fumbles, had two interceptions, including one returned for a score, and recovered a fumble.
Gator fans will remember the 5-foot-11, 204 pound Lauderdale Lakes native who played his college football in Gainesville. Wright played three seasons for Urban Myer and helped defeat the Oklahoma Sooners in the 2009 BCS National Championship game. Wright then decided to skip his senior season and enter the NFL Draft.
The Buccaneers appear set at safety with starters Dashon Goldson and Mark Barron, but may be wanting to upgrade their sub package and dime defense with the addition of Wright. Tampa Bay currently have safeties Keith Tandy, Kelcie McCray and Bradley McDougald on the roster.
Earlier on Friday the Buccaneers traded wide receiver Mike Williams to the Buffalo Bills for a sixth-round draft pick, and there are also reports that Tampa Bay may be adding wide receiver Lavelle Hawkins who played for offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford at Cal.
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