Major Wright will log another NFL stint with his most recent employer after injuries affected the Buccaneers’ safety corps recently. Tampa Bay signed the seven-year veteran to one-year deal on Tuesday, per Adam Caplan of ESPN.com, and he’ll rejoin a team that cut him in August.
To make room on their 53-man roster, the Bucs waived fourth-year running back Mike James, whom they reacquired earlier this season when their backfield was depleted after injuries befell Doug Martin and Charles Sims.
Wright has spent this season on the workout circuit, with the Panthers and Dolphins auditioning the 28-year-old safety. He’s made his way back to Tampa, with an injury to Chris Conte limiting the Bucs’ safety group. Wright joins Keith Tandy and Ryan Smith as Bucs backups, one of which will ascend into the starting lineup alongside Bradley McDougald if Conte can’t go by Sunday for the suddenly frisky team.
This may be a temporary arrangement for the sides since Wright was cut by the 75-man cutdown date and was relegated to a backup role during his first season in Tampa in 2014. Wright played for two seasons with the Bucs and started nine games, which represented a step back from the full-time role he held with the Bears prior to becoming a free agent in March of ’14. In Chicago, Wright started from 2011-13 and snared all nine of his career interceptions in that span, forcing three fumbles in that time frame as well.
James played in four games for the Bucs this season after returning to the team that drafted him in 2013. The Bucs’ backfield lost Martin, Sims, Jacquizz Rodgers and Antone Smith in a rough pattern of unavailability, creating the need for James.
Following their 14-5 win over the Seahawks, the Bucs are 6-5 and a half-game back of the Redskins for the No. 6 wild-card spot in the NFC.