The Patriots have released tight end Tim Wright, according to Shalise Manza Young of The Boston Globe (on Twitter). Wright came to the Patriots last year as a part of the Logan Mankins deal with the Buccaneers. Wright will now be subject to waivers and, ironically, it’s the Bucs that hold No. 1 waiver priority.
The Patriots likely felt that Wright’s role on the team can be filled by offseason pickup Scott Chandler. They also have another notable in Fred Davis on the depth chart, further squeezing Wright out of the picture. Former edge rusher Jake Bequette and sixth-round choice A.J. Derby are below Rob Gronkowski, Michael Hoomanawanui, Chandler, and Davis at tight end.
Wright burst on to the scene in his rookie year with the Bucs when he hauled in 54 catches and five touchdowns. Last season, he caught 26 passes for 259 yards, but didn’t do a whole lot down the stretch of the regular season and didn’t record a reception in the playoffs.