Safety Major Wright was supposed to be one of the guys to help spread Lovie Smith’s message in Tampa Bay, but he won’t be doing that now.
The veteran safety was one of the final eight roster cuts made by the Buccaneers, as they reached the 53-man roster limit.
Wright was signed in April after spending three years with the Bears, three as a starter. His last year under Smith in Chicago was his best, with four interceptions.
But with Mark Barron and Dashon Goldson starting, they elected to go with some younger players to back up and play special teams.
The Buccaneers also released tight end Cameron Brate, running back Jeff Demps, quarterback Mike Kafka, linebacker Brandon Magee, defensive tackle Matthew Masifilo, wide receiver Solomon Patton and defensive tackle Ronald Talley.