The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have brought in their fair share of hometown players and former Chicago Bears this offseason, and on Tuesday we learned that they’re meeting with a player who fits both of those criteria.
Following the additions of Floridians Mike Jenkins and Louis Murphy, former Gator and Florida native Major Wright tweeted that he’s on his way to Tampa for a visit.
Blessed and grateful to finally get this journey started. It’s going to be great to see familiar old faces in Tampa.
— Major Wright (@LilMade21) April 1, 2014
Wright has played for the Bears his entire career, meaning most of his life in the NFL was spent under Lovie Smith’s coaching. The former UF defender is still only 25 years old, despite being in the league since 2010.
So where does Wright fit with the Bucs? Likely as a backup.
He’s switched between the free and strong safety spots, moving to the strong side in favor of Chris Conte, who is not particularly good at the game of football. That means he’s similar to Dashon Goldson position-wise, who is by all accounts a better talent than Wright.
That means the former Gator doesn’t really have a starting spot in Tampa, as the strongside of Lovie Smith’s defense will be manned by Mark Barron in 2014.
Wright had a poor year in 2013, but admittedly so did the rest of the Bears’ defense. He has a knack for being around the football as a high-tackle, playmaking defensive back, but his consistency is lacking. He would be an excellent candidate to bring in to provide depth behind Barron at SS, and possibly groom into a replacement for the highly paid Goldson, who could be traded to save money in the next couple of years.
But don’t expect a free agent who lasted until April to make a major impact on the Bucs’ depth chart. There’s a reason why 32 teams have passed on a 25-year old former third-round pick for the past few weeks.
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