A familiar face is on its way back to Tampa Bay and two more are on their way out.

Multiple reports began surfacing Tuesday afternoon that former Bucs safety Major Wright has been signed by the team that waived him this past August. Wright’s NFL.com player profile already listed him as a member of the Buccaneers and the 28-year-old former Florida Gator and Lauderdale Lakes native posted this on his Twitter account at 3:27 p.m.


The organization released a statement at 4:18 p.m. to officially announce Wright’s signing and it included multiple transactions. Most-notable among those moves was the team parting ways with injured wide receiver Louis Murphy and running back Mike James. Murphy has spent the entire 2016 season on the Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform list and hasn’t played since injuring his knee last fall.

The signing of Wright could be a sign that starting strong safety Chris Conte will not be available this weekend in San Diego. Conte suffered an undisclosed injury during Sunday’s win over the Seattle Seahawks. When asked about the injury during his Monday press conference, Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter said the team would wait until Wednesday to update Conte’s status.

Wright played three preseason games with Tampa Bay before being waived on Aug. 28. He’d been with the Bucs since 2014 after spending his first four NFL seasons with the Chicago Bears. He’s played 21 games and made nine starts as a Buccaneer, tallying 76 combined tackles, four pass defenses, and zero interceptions.

Conte’s 65 tackles make him the Bucs’ second-leading tackler behind linebacker Kwon Alexander (90). The sixth-year veteran has been playing his best football later in the season and intercepted two passes in the past three games, including his pick-6 against the Chicago Bears.

In addition to the signing of Wright and the waiving of Murphy and James, Tampa Bay also made a move to its practice squad. The team signed defensive tackle Rodney Coe and released defensive end Kourtnei Brown.

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4 years ago

Naturally we get rolling and starters start to go down. The good thing is , I think this Chargers team is a team we can beat without being full strength. Hell after the last to weeks I”m drinking the kool aid. Just have to continue that spectacular defense and Jameis taking care of the ball. We’re finally getting respect in the power polls, if you really care about those sort of things, but going to 7-5 would be nuts and almost inconceivable at points this year.

4 years ago

Maybe also a good sign about Jacquizz Rodgers, letting Mike James go.

4 years ago

Good to be able to get your hands on quality back-up, but I’m starting to wonder why S Ryan Smith, a 4th round pick hasn’t played a single snap on defense at S or CB. I’ve learned to be patient this year so no concern, but still wondering! Chris Conte came on and played above expectations, so we hope Major Wright can perform well too!

4 years ago

Hopefully this means that Rodgers will be back on the field. We need some more firepower in the backfield.

4 years ago

Singed a DT. Worried about McCoy!

Reply to  Bucnut2
4 years ago

Same but he said he expects to play sunday so at most he will be out a week it seems

4 years ago

All this makes sense. James is released because we have 3 available RB’s; Murphy released because we have some young WR’s that are making a splash and we now don’t need him; Conte appears to be out for a couple games and Wright is the best safety net; releasing Brown is just a precaution plus taking a peak at another DT. Murph; best to you and hope you can get on another team next season.

4 years ago

Assuming is Conte can’t go Tandy will start and Wright is for depth? Not sure since we have been healthy at safety all year.

Also assume Ryan Smith isn’t progressing well?

Anyways hope this doesn’t hurt chemistry too bad Conte was playing some good ball las few weeks.

Go Bucs!

4 years ago

Doesn’t anyone know Sims or Rodgers status?

Reply to  fredster
4 years ago

Both are back at practice! Both practiced last week. I assume with the release of RB Mike James RB Jacquizz Rodgers is ready to play this Sunday. Koetter provides injury updates every Wednesday in his presser.

Both RBs returned to practice on Wednesday 11/23. Sims was designated return from IR and is in a 21 day practice period. By NFL rule, he must remain on IR for 8 weeks so he can’t be activated to play until week 14 for the final 4 games.