(8/31/15) The Lions have reportedly made a deal with the Buccaneers to acquire tight end Timothy Wright, in exchange for rookie kicker Kyle Brindza according to NFL Insider Ian Rapoport and confirmed by both teams.
Wright had re-joined the Bucs after a season in New England in which he caught 26 passes and six touchdowns. Now, he will join a crowded tight end field in Detroit, where Joseph Fauria, Eric Ebron and Brandon Pettigrew are in the mix.
Wright, who started his career with the Bucs before being traded to the Patriots last year, is glad to be back where his career started two seasons ago.
“I’m pretty happy about (the opportunity) to step in and contribute right away,” Wright said.
Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith said the move to bring back Wright, who caught five touchdowns as a rookie for the team, makes the Bucs a better team.
“It was an easy decision to make on Tim,” Bucs coach Lovie Smith said. “We liked Tim (last year). We decided to go in a different direction, but now we’re a stronger football team with Tim on our team. It’s good to have him back.”
Buccaneers bring back TE Tim Wright
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/12/15) The Buccaneers have claimed tight endTim Wright off waivers, according to Sporting News. He wasn't out of work long - he was waived by New England on Thursday.
Wright is returning to familiar territory. He played in every game for Tampa Bay in 2013 before doing the same with the Patriots last year. But he was far more productive with the former. He caught 54 passes for 571 yards and five touchdowns for the Buccaneers. He snagged six in the end zone for New England, but that represented nearly one-fourth of his total receptions.
In 2014, Wright had 26 catches for 259 yards and six touchdowns.
Patriots backup pass catchers don't do much Week 13
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/30/14) The Patriots backup pass catchers did little Week 13 against the Packers.
Julian Edelman actually turned in a decent game despite dealing with an injury. He hauled in seven catches for 48 yards. Edelman missed time with a thigh injury, but was able to return to the contest. Michael Hoomanawanui caught one ball, gaining 23 yards. Timothy Wright also hauled in one pass, gaining 12 yards.
Timothy Wright was an interesting and inconsistent Fantasy option in 2014 after he was traded from Tampa Bay to New England just before the start of the season. He was the Patriots' No. 2 receiving tight end behind Rob Gronkowski and had several positive moments with 26 catches for 259 yards and six touchdowns, and he finished with double digits in Fantasy points three times. But when he didn't score he was miserable, and many Fantasy owners found it hard to trust him. That will likely be the case again this season, especially with Gronkowski healthy and the addition of Scott Chandler. While Wright could still carve out a role for himself as a receiving option in this offense, he's not worth drafting in the majority of leagues.