Major Wright glad to be back with Bucs: 'Those streets are cold'
It has been three long months since Major Wright was cut by the Bucs, and as he returned Wednesday as safety Chris Conte battles an injury, Wright was grateful for another chance to show he still belongs in the NFL.
"Those streets are cold," said Wright, 28, who played extensively with the Bucs in 2014-15. "It's very frustrating. You're waiting on the call. I'm texting my agent, like 'What have you heard?' I've got a lot of ball left in me. It hurts to see every week go by and you didn't get that call. It's stressful."
Wright was one of three safeties brought in for a workout Tuesday and got the job, no doubt his familiarity with the defensive scheme giving him an edge on an outsider who would come in needing to pick up terminology and alignment in a real hurry.
"My mentality was 'I'm coming to get a job,'" said Wright, who split time between home in Fort Lauderdale and Tampa while he was out of the league -- he worked out for the Panthers and Dolphins but wasn't signed.
Wright said he's kept in touch with friends in the Bucs' locker room and watched Tampa Bay's games all season, keeping tabs on the team's success in a 6-5 start. He'll likely be the third safety Sunday with Conte sidelined, and hopes to stick around for as long as possible this time.
"I'm very excited," he said.