Less than a year after trading him to the Patriots, the Buccaneers have re-acquired tight end Tim Wright, the team announced today in a press release. The Bucs have the No. 1 waiver priority in the NFL this offseason, and placed a claim on Wright after he was cut yesterday by New England.
Wright, 25, grabbed 54 balls for 571 yards and five touchdowns for the Bucs in his rookie season in 2013. However, after drafting Austin Seferian-Jenkins and signing Brandon Myers, the Bucs took advantage of their depth at tight end, sending Wright to the Pats in a deal for veteran guard Logan Mankins.
In New England, Wright didn’t come close to matching his 2013 totals, totaling just 26 receptions for 259 yards, though six of those catches went for TDs. His individual numbers were still more impressive than those compiled by Seferian-Jenkins and Myers in Tampa Bay — the duo combined for just 43 catches, 411 yards, and two touchdowns.
The claim on Wright is the second time this week that the Bucs have taken advantage of their top waiver priority. The club also added former Browns punter Spencer Lanning via waivers, and claimed veteran safety D.J. Swearinger a month ago.