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Major Wright headed to Tampa for a visit

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One of Lovie Smith’s former charges with the Bears is going to visit with Smith and his new team this week.

Safety Major Wright tweeted that he was headed to Tampa on Tuesday afternoon and said that he was looking forward to seeing some familiar faces. In addition to the head coach, Wright has worked with safeties coach Mikal Smith (the coach’s son) and cornerbacks coach Gill Byrd in Chicago. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network adds that the visit is expected to continue into Wednesday and that the Bucs will try to sign Wright before he leaves town.

Wright, a 2010 third-round pick, played three years for Smith before the Bears made a coaching change and started 42 games overall during his four years with Chicago. The years with Smith featured some good moments for Wright, but he joined the rest of the Chicago defense in having a rough 2013 season.

The Buccaneers already have Dashon Goldson and Mark Barron at safety, so the former Florida Gator would likely be used in sub packages and as depth in Tampa if he does sign with the team.

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27 Responses to “Major Wright headed to Tampa for a visit”
  1. joeflaccoallday says: Apr 1, 2014 6:14 PM

    I like him. Usually returns his interceptions for touchdowns.

  2. barsfordays says: Apr 1, 2014 6:16 PM

    Ill take him on Philly. He can start next to Malcolm Jenkins… I saw Wright play in 2011 and 2012 and he was nearly flawless. Thought the dude could definitely develop into a Pro Bowler. Howie, you know what to do……

  3. grimreaper12 says: Apr 1, 2014 6:21 PM

    I like what the Bucs are doing. Thought Glennon looked decent last year, but Lovie wants Mccown instead. He should just stick to defense.

  4. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Apr 1, 2014 6:30 PM

    Major Wright must be better than Captain Munnerlyn.

  5. chicagosports2014 says: Apr 1, 2014 6:32 PM

    Lovie maybe the only person who get thru to Wright he will hurt you wen it counts most, if he don’t have parent/teacher chaperone

  6. illiniftw says: Apr 1, 2014 6:33 PM

    They can keep him! The Bears safety’s played terrible last year

  7. blackandbluedivision says: Apr 1, 2014 6:37 PM

    joeflaccoallday says:
    Apr 1, 2014 6:14 PM
    I like him. Usually returns his interceptions for touchdowns.

    _____________________________

    He’s had 3 in 42 games. You call that usually?

  8. senorbruce says: Apr 1, 2014 6:45 PM

    Big disappointment in Chitown. Lovie can have him. Will be on his way out of Tampa in Jan 2015……

  9. pftking says: Apr 1, 2014 6:46 PM

    Vikings should be after him. You gotta have a Captain and a Major in the back field.

  10. dlw492 says: Apr 1, 2014 6:48 PM

    I wish the Dolphins would sign him.

  11. cadillacjosh says: Apr 1, 2014 6:51 PM

    Major Wright is pretty terrible, I wouldn’t get too excited Bucs fans. To me this speaks of Lovie hiring his “guys”.

    All too often he was too loyal to his buddies and that held the team back.

  12. oldsombrero says: Apr 1, 2014 7:07 PM

    I’ll take him. Experienced safety to hopefully put a little heat on Goldson and Barron. And if Dashon doesnt correct those glorious bone crushing hits, we surely will need a guy to pick up the slack when he is suspended.

  13. snaponrules says: Apr 1, 2014 7:35 PM

    Wright is not that bad, dont let the Bears fans fool you. Yes he had a bad year but most of the defense did.Our safety were relied on to much trying to cover and run stop because of our HORRIBLE front 7.
    Many times they were out of position and didnt even know where to be because of the MORONIC d. cordnator we hired. He was fired by the JAGUARS ffs. And for a good reason.

  14. bearasstruth says: Apr 1, 2014 7:57 PM

    LOL…. Now that’s funny. Ranked 81 out 89 ranked safeties…. Hmmmm?

  15. danno1212 says: Apr 1, 2014 8:01 PM

    Remember a few weeks ago when every free agent Bear was going to the Bucs? Only Josh so far. Not going to be Chicago south after all. Probably a good thing. Good luck to Major.

    Bears fan living in Tampa.

  16. whitecastleisafoodgroup says: Apr 1, 2014 8:11 PM

    In Wright’s defense no DB can cover their responsibility and play the run every play of every game. The Bears D sucked last year.

    That said he’s average at best. Good luck to him.

  17. buccaboo says: Apr 1, 2014 8:11 PM

    Thomas De Coud is still unsigned and way better

  18. chiadam says: Apr 1, 2014 9:05 PM

    He couldn’t cover a baby with a blanket.

  19. buc1cane1ers says: Apr 1, 2014 9:20 PM

    blackandbluedivision says: Apr 1, 2014 6:37 PM

    joeflaccoallday says:
    Apr 1, 2014 6:14 PM
    I like him. Usually returns his interceptions for touchdowns.

    _____________________________

    He’s had 3 in 42 games. You call that usually?
    _________________________________

    He said “his interceptions for touchdowns.
    “. He didn’t say he returns int for touchdowns usually every game. He has 9 int and has returned 3. That’s a great int/td return ratio.

  20. naylorcampbell says: Apr 1, 2014 9:27 PM

    Having a 3rd safety isn’t a bad thing but Tampa already has a pretty decent 3rd safety in Tandy. Goldson and Barron aren’t able to cover guys they will smash you in the mouth but the often give up the big play. I believe Tandy is the best cover safety the Bucs have

  21. metalhead65 says: Apr 1, 2014 9:46 PM

    I thought they were trying to improve in Tampa? signing the worst safety in football does that how?

  22. larryboodry says: Apr 1, 2014 10:04 PM

    Tampa fans better hope Kellen Davis and J’Marcus Webb aren’t available…Lovie thought they were good players, too.

  23. mortwannabe says: Apr 1, 2014 10:09 PM

    Major, please take Conte with you .

  24. whysomanylosers says: Apr 1, 2014 10:23 PM

    It’s OK if the Bucs sign him, he wont be starting any way. Bucs need more depth at EVERY position except for RB.

  25. bearshaterseverywhere says: Apr 1, 2014 10:39 PM

    snaponrules says:
    Apr 1, 2014 7:35 PM
    Wright is not that bad, dont let the Bears fans fool you. Yes he had a bad year but most of the defense did.Our safety were relied on to much trying to cover and run stop because of our HORRIBLE front 7.
    Many times they were out of position and didnt even know where to be because of the MORONIC d. cordnator we hired. He was fired by the JAGUARS ffs. And for a good reason.

    ___________________________________

    You’re right, he’s not a bad safety, but he’s not an elite neither. Not a bad move to scoop him up.

    Signed, A Bear’s fan

  26. chicagosports2014 says: Apr 2, 2014 3:22 AM

    Safety’s get paid big bucks to tackle every play, no excuses. He is average though, but i want above average tired of missing Mike Brown back ther

  27. steelerben says: Apr 2, 2014 10:20 AM

    At this stage, if he is coming in for sub packages and situational use, his biggest benefit is being in the film and meeting rooms making sure that guys who haven’t played in Lovie’s defense understand terminology and concepts. Sign him for low money and make sure your high dollar guys know what they are doing.

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