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April 2, 2014 @ 10:48 am
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Tampa Bay Signs Former Chicago SS Wright

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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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    I think this is a good move for one year.
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    Could they be looking to deal Goldson, or Barron? The old Tampa 2 never put a big premium on safety, we lucked out when we got Lynch.
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    @surferdudes - one thing's for sure - Goldson played nowhere near his salary, howevere if they were planning to cut ties with him I would have thought they would try that pre-FA and then signed Byrd to play for his Dad - probably Major is depth IMO
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    Wright is just a great depth with options and familiarity signing for Lovie . DG clearly is on the hot seat due to his field value vs his cap value, but is a great player. Some of these agents had better check themselves ( Chris Johnson,Revis etc) because they have sold their clients annuities that are uncollectible )I expect he will stick but the bucs now have more flexibility on the field,in the market place and next year at this time.IF ? Wright plays well the bucs have great depth, a lil better nickel option,better roster options come August, and better special teams.Doubtful that DG is on this roster next year at his current salary and if he is that means he had a fantastic year.Barron has really come on in run support and should fit this Defense well with his ground covering ability .Long term forecast ; Wright signs 3 yr deal next year ,DG stays if he has a great year and is willing to restructure so that he and Wright account for about what DG counts against the cap currently, lessening the current allotment to the safety position as it sits today by about a mil or two.If Wrightcan stay on the field and be effective in second and long and third and long then that will help DG stay also.Now if Wright looks great in the mini camp and there happens to be a team sniffing for say a third pick , then yes DG will be dealt.this is not what the Bucs are looking to do but will they to rebalance the draft picks to Free agents ratio on their current roster ,yes they will and yes they are willing.DG is a talented player as is Wright who had his best year lat year, around 100 tackles and two ints, DG was about 75 and one pick.Wright was also active towards the ball with a couple of fumble recoveries it may be late in FA but Wright can PLAY BOYS...........The defensive backfield is now as good as all you lemonade sniffing well wishers thought it was last year and that was a JOKE!!! Vernier,Jenkins,Wright and a slot for another talented player for what Asshh bag Revis cost us!! The Bucs will be so much better with this mix of talent vs Revis there shouldn't even be a breathing person alive that can dispute it but oh there was tons of folks that bent over and lined up on the Revis and Dom Train !!! Btw don't forget about the draft picks........ Lovie thanks for doing with the Dbs what should have been done (SSmith,k Lewis and Brent Grimes )last year . Which btw would have Dom still here and would hands down be the best back end defense in the NFL BAR NONE Period !! GO BUCS !!
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    The overlooked need for a successful Tampa 2 is a crushing safety. I think they should decide on which one to keep and deal the other. Maybe use one to move up and get Watkins.
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    It might be tough to trade Goldston, but Barron is more likely. They do need to balance out the back end, two strong safeties don't make sense.
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    Im wondering if he has a chance to unseat Goldson. We currently have two SS type safeties, and no FS. Does Wroght fit that mold? I dont know his game that well.
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    Would it be a possibility that Wright could be used as Smiths prized Nickel Corner? It is hard to see replacing either Goldson or Barron in the starting lineup but I guess it doesn't hurt to have 3 great starters at Safety... Does anyone know if Wright is fast enough or capable of being our Nickel Corner? I know the NC is used a lot for blitzing which you would think a Safety would be strong enough for... What do you guys think?
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    Go Lovie! Go Licht! For anybody that is uncomfortable with all the changes that are being made, you are not witnessing a rebuild. you are witnessing a total re-make of a football team real time. They have looked at this 4-12 team and decided that they do not want it. Are they right? Time will tell. This I do know. This is not a re-hab. This is a whole new House from the ground up! I'm with you til I quit you!
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    Good move.
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