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.

27 responses to “Major Wright headed to Tampa for a visit

  1. 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……

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

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  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.

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

  8. 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

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

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

  11. 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.

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    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

  12. 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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