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.