While financial terms of the agreement aren’t yet known, Wright had been eligible for restricted free agency this offeason, and wasn’t offered a contract tender by the Lions. A low-end RFA tender would have been worth $1.671MM, so it’s reasonable to assume that his new one-year deal is worth less than that — it’s likely for the minimum salary, or close to it.
Wright, who turns 26 next month, broke into the NFL scene in 2013 with an impressive rookie year, racking up 54 receptions, 571 yards, and five touchdowns for the Buccaneers. However, he has changed teams twice since then – first traded to New England, then claimed off waivers by Detroit – and has seen his role reduced along the way. In 2015, he caught just nine balls for 77 yards and two TDs for the Lions.
Wright will have the opportunity to earn a roster spot and possibly compete for playing time for Detroit in 2016.
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