Buccaneers claim Tim Wright off waivers from Patriots

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Tim Wright is a Buccaneer again.

Wright, the tight end sent to New England in last year’s trade that brought Logan Mankins to Tampa Bay, is now back with the Buccaneers. The Patriots waived Wright yesterday, and the Bucs claimed Wright off waivers today.

The Bucs shipped Wright and a fourth-round draft pick to New England in August to acquire Mankins, who started all 16 games last year and is expected to start in Tampa again this year. Now he’ll share a huddle with Wright, who caught 26 passes for 259 yards and six touchdowns last season.

As a rookie in 2013, Wright was second on the Buccaneers with 54 catches for 571 yards and five touchdowns. Tampa would love to see that kind of production from him again this year.

49 responses to “Buccaneers claim Tim Wright off waivers from Patriots

  1. The pats got cap relief, a draft pick who is an edge rusher and a one year look plus backup protection at TE for one season. They got Mankins.

    Not a big deal. Though feel bad for Mankins.

  2. The Bucs already have Austin Sefarian-Jenkins (second-rounder last year, spent a fair portion of the year injured), Luke Stocker (really good blocker, and, as a pass catcher, a really good blocker, shall we say), and Brandon Myers, who’s kind of like Tim Wright in that his presence on the field just kind of screams “OK GUYS WE ARE TOTALLY PASSING NOW”. Either Wright or Myers makes it out of camp, not going to be both of them.

  3. Kinda reminds me of how the Bengals got Michael Johnson back in FA (from the Bucs) and still got a compensatory 3rd round pick.

    Now the Bucs get Tim Wright back and still have Logan Mankins. I think they won that trade. Obviously they have a long way to go, but I think the Bucs have made some solid moves.

  4. mikebrownistheworstownerinprosports says:
    Jun 12, 2015 4:41 PM
    Kinda reminds me of how the Bengals got Michael Johnson back in FA (from the Bucs) and still got a compensatory 3rd round pick for losing him the previous year.

    Now the Bucs get Tim Wright back and still have Logan Mankins. I think they won that trade. Obviously they have a long way to go, but I think the Bucs have made some solid moves.

  5. babyjunkie says:
    Jun 12, 2015 4:32 PM
    Here’s an idea: if the Patriots don’t want someone, then he probably isn’t any good.

    Pats fan here – and comments like this are the reason everyone despises Pats fans.

    It has nothing to do if the player is good or not. In fact, this was probably better for Wright as now he’s on a team and gets to start with OTAs, training camp, etc. He wasn’t part of the plan for next year with the Chandler signing.

    Be objective; not ignorant.

  6. he is a good slow wide receiver. The Pats didn’t want him because their wide receivers are better blockers than he is. The pats except at TE to be able to block.

  7. Good point baby junkie. So many jerks on the Internet. My lord.

    Wright is very good, just not a fit at this point in time for the pats.

  8. I just don’t understand why players don’t work out in NE.

    He looked fine on the field at times. But then he wouldn’t be on the field much. And now he was cut.

  9. The Buccaneers traded Wright to the Patriots for a player to be named later… who turned out to be Wright.

  10. One thing about Belichick that goes unnoticed because the media is covering alternative topics, is that he is diligent about releasing veterans early. If you have been in the league and he doesn’t think you’re going to make the current roster, he’ll cut you early to give you an opportunity to play elsewhere.
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  11. I’m not sure how he really fits in with the Bucs. But I like the kid; I hope he makes it.

  12. It’s still too early to say who “won” the trade, until we find out how the 4th round pick Trey Flowers does for the Patriots.

  13. descendency says:
    Jun 12, 2015 4:50 PM
    I just don’t understand why players don’t work out in NE.

    He looked fine on the field at times. But then he wouldn’t be on the field much. And now he was cut.

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    I think it was different schemes in different games which caused him to play inconsistently last season. Further, I think they like Scott Chandler better – who had success against NE in the past, and now is the 2nd 6’7 tight end that can both block (better than Wright) and catch.

  14. Not a bad deal for them. Sucks to be last or near it. Put these are things to take advantage of the way it is set up.

  15. How could the Bucs have won that trade? The Patriots had the only successful season last year. The Bucs got what — the first pick in the draft. Yeah, the Bucs won that trade. LOL

  16. I think they won that trade

    Then you must believe Belichick sent Mankins to Tampa because he wanted Tim Wright.

    I’m here to tell you that wasn’t the purpose of the trade.

  17. Interesting observation:

    The comments section of this article are filled with intelligent and well thought out points.

    If the article was titled, “Steelers claim Tim Wright off waivers from Patriots” … then the comments would have looked more like …

    Cheaters, Liars, Culture of Cheating, Asterisks.

  18. “How could the Bucs have won that trade? The Patriots had the only successful season last year. The Bucs got what — the first pick in the draft. Yeah, the Bucs won that trade.”

    The comment sounds arrogant but it is spot on . . . it just amazes me how fans like to create some revisionist history. That’s what all the “Pats Cheat” talk is about as well, rewriting history. Yea, and your old girlfriend still loves you.

  19. “How could the Bucs have won that trade? The Patriots had the only successful season last year. The Bucs got what — the first pick in the draft. Yeah, the Bucs won that trade.”

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    Got to disagree. Tim Wright isn’t the reason the Patriots won the Super Bowl. And Tampa wasn’t going to win it whether they traded him or not.

    They’re saying that Tampa got Wright back for free and ultimately only had to give up a 4th round pick for a Pro Bowl offensive lineman like Mankins.

  20. Look at the ne pathetics homers who have to add their own revisionist history spin onto everything.

  21. I liked Tim Wright but he reminded me of a classic “tweener” that didn’t quite fit the Patriots offensive scheme.

    Good hands, but too small at TE.

  22. I think it a pretty smart move by the Bucs. No TE on the Bucs last year was a receiving threat. That’s not doubting Safarian-Jenkins future ability as a pass catcher. But it’s a fact he wasn’t a real threat last year. The Bucs are well aware of Wright as a passing threat. If Safarian-Jenkins develops as a threat on third down, Wright could be out of a job. It not, Wright has a job.

  23. Wright was a servicable backup last year when the Pats were working gronk back from injury and dealing with the loss of hernandez. But, when you are able to upgrade with Chandler, he became less needed. The Pats are upgraded with Chandler, period, and they were able to extract some value and cap space from the Mankins trade.

    On the other hand, could this mean that Tampa is not won over by ASJ?

    I wish Mankins and Wright all the best in Tampa.

  24. babyjunkie says:
    Jun 12, 2015 4:32 PM
    Here’s an idea: if the Patriots don’t want someone, then he probably isn’t any good.

    I suggest that you go up to Revis and tell him that face to face. Get back to us on how it works out.

  25. TheWizard says:
    Jun 12, 2015 6:30 PM
    “I think they won that trade”

    Then you must believe Belichick sent Mankins to Tampa because he wanted Tim Wright.

    I’m here to tell you that wasn’t the purpose of the trade
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    How do you know what the purpose of the trade was? Let me guess…are you a close friend of the organization?

  26. Chandler is the second TE now and Houman is in at third. Wright had difficulty in the fast paced variety of schemes, which many receivers have struggled with over the years. The Pats list of wide receivers and tight ends who have failed to comprehend the offensive system here is extensive. Good luck to a talented player and we will see you at the ring ceremony.

  27. I liked Wright ok and hope Tampa have some renewed success with him, but there’s some wild talk here about Tampa having “won that trade”. Firstly, he wasn’t traded, he was picked up via the waiver system, meaning Tampa had to have a bad record, which I’m guessing wasn’t part of some multi-year master plan just to get Wright back cheaply and “win that trade”! Secondly, if you link current player movements to previous trades to figure who ultimately “won that trade in the long run” then you’ll forever be having to revise because a player may move back yet again or subsequently cause a problem or suffer severe injury at their new team, and so on. Wright definitely won some nicer winter weather though…

  28. Not just Chandler but also Fred Davis. Not to mention Hoomanawanui. And reportedly Jake Bequette is making a position change to TE. Pats have lots of TEs.

    I wish Wright well. He wasn’t asked to do much, but he did make a contribution to the Super Bowl run.

  29. @dave399

    That Pro Bowl lineman was like a turn style during the AFCCG against the Broncos. He was rated near the bottom of the league that year.

    As for Wright, well Tampa will be happy to have anyone I guess.

  30. babyjunkie says:
    Jun 12, 2015 4:32 PM
    Here’s an idea: if the Patriots don’t want someone, then he probably isn’t any good.

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    If that is true then why do the re-sign players all the time?

    With 11 TDs over the last two seasons Wright is a decent 2nd TE.

  31. To be clear, Mankins was dealt because his skills were deteriorating and he wouldn’t agree to restructure his deal. This wasn’t much different than when they cut Lawyer Milloy except that they got a draft pick and a back of the end roster player. Signing Chandler was a major upgrade. I see nothing negative about this move at all.

  32. How do you know what the purpose of the trade was?

    People that follow this team know how Belichick works. As very good players age, their salary increases, and Bill cuts the cord usually a little bit on the early side for the long-term benefit of the team.

    The philosophy is to remain competitive every year in the salary cap era. The purpose of the trade was to dump Mankins. Getting any value in return was a bonus.

    It’s a cruel business – we appreciate Mankins’ contributions. Remember when that Raven kneed Brady to the ground and poked him in the eye? Mankins would have been all over that.

  33. If you need a backup quarterback that will push the starter to be his best….
    Take a small risk and kick the tires on Vince Young.. See if he would be willing to help… He wouldn’t cost a lot…. His career won/loss record is 31-19… He’s a 2 time Pro-Bowler with playoff experience and was voted 2006 NFL Rookie of the Year….. The NFL is all about “WINS and LOSSES”…. and this guy WINS…. There is a big difference between Perception and Reality

  34. If you need a backup quarterback that will push the starter to be his best….
    Take a small risk and kick the tires on Vince Young.. See if he would be willing to help…
    _________

    So you draft a QB #1 with a high football IQ and is a known hard worker, and then bring in a guy with a low IQ that is known have a bad worth ethic (oh, and hasn’t been in the league how many years now?) to be the #1 guy’s backup and mentor? Put down the burnt orange crack pipe, that ship has long sailed and sunk. The Bucs are fine with Glennon, a guy that would be starting on a few other NFL teams.

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