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Former Gators safety Major Wright to visit Bucs, who sign two

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

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

The Bucs have two solid starters at safety in veteran Dashon Goldson and third-year pro Mark Barron. Wright, 25, could be a third safety, but could step into a bigger role down the road as Goldson has a large contract and could be a salary-cap cut next year.

Wright would also reunite with Mikal Smith, Tampa Bay's safeties coach, and cornerbacks coach Gill Byrd, who had the same position in Chicago. Wright has nine interceptions in the past three seasons.

BUCS SIGN TWO: It's unknown whether the Bucs will carry a fullback, but the team has intriguing new options at the position with two signings Tuesday: Jorvorskie Lane, who played at Texas A&M and with the Dolphins, and former Jets player Josh Baker.

Lane, 27, is 5 feet 11 and 258 pounds. He played in 2012 with the Dolphins, with 11 catches for 79 yards and 13 carries for 13 yards. Miami cut him last year. Baker, 27, played 11 games with the Jets in 2011 as a backup tight end, catching three passes for 27 yards. He missed the 2012 season with a knee injury and has been out of the league since the Jets waived him in February 2013.

Jim Kelly to start chemotherapy

BUFFALO — The doctor treating Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly for cancer says Kelly will start chemotherapy and radiation next week. The treatment plan was outlined by Dr. Peter Costantino of New York City's Lenox Hill Hospital, where the longtime Bills and University of Miami star is being treated for a sinus cancer.

Orson Charles arrested: Bengals running back Orson Charles, a former Plant High standout, was charged Monday night in a road rage incident in Richmond, Ky. Police said Charles, 23, brandished a handgun several times at a driver on Interstate 75. He is charged with wanton endangerment. He was released from jail on $5,000 bail.

Bills: Members of a "New Stadium Work Group," met for the first time, a week after owner Ralph Wilson died. The group is exploring whether to build a new facility or renovate Ralph Wilson Stadium, where the team has a lease through 2022.

Information from Times wires was used in this report.

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