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Ex-Bears safety Wright making visit to Bucs



Former Bears safety Major Wright, who had 100 tackles last season and played under Lovie Smith and two Bucs assistants from 2010-12, is making a free-agent visit to Tampa on Wednesday, the former Gators star posted Tuesday night on Twitter.

"Blessed and grateful to finally get this journey started," the 25-year-old wrote. "It's going to be great to see familiar old faces in Tampa."

The potential signing of Wright is curious, if only because the Bucs have two solid starters at safety in veteran Dashon Goldson and third-year pro Mark Barron. Wright could be used as a third safety, and could step into a bigger role down the road, as Goldson has a large contract and could be a potential salary-cap cut next year.

Wright would be reunited not only with Smith, but with his son Mikal, Tampa Bay's safeties coach, and cornerbacks coach Gill Byrd, who had the same position in Chicago. Wright has nine interceptions in the last three seasons, with 42 starts in that span as well. He was born in Fort Lauderdale and was part of Florida's national championship squad in 2008.

The Bucs have already signed a former Bears defensive back in D.J. Moore, who will compete for the team's nickel defensive back job. The team released Pro Bowler Darrelle Revis at corner, but signed Tennessee's Alterraun Verner to replace him, adding former USF star Mike Jenkins as well.

[Last modified: Tuesday, April 1, 2014 6:27pm]


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