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Buccaneers bring in Major Wright for visit

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will try to add to their depth at the safety position by bringing in safety Major Wright for a visit.

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will bring in safety Major Wright for a visit, if we can believe his own Twitter feedPer Ian Rapoport, the Bucs will try to sign him before he leaves. Wright is a former Chicago Bear who started 43 games over the past three years, notching nine interceptions and 17 passes defenses during that time. The Bears showed little interest in re-signing the former third-round pick this year, but apparently Lovie Smith liked him enough to bring him in to Tampa.

Wright was one of the better NFL safeties according to Pro Football Focus' metrics in 2012, but was quite literally the single worst free agent safety available on the market this year, per those same metrics. Now those metrics aren't everything, and are especially flawed when it comes to coverage, but they're not irrelevant either.

Despite Wright's extensive starting experience, I wouldn't expect Wright to take over anyone's starting position any time soon. Dashon Goldson's 2014 salary is entirely guaranteed, so he's not going anywhere, and the quality of his 2013 play has been grossly underappreciated anyway. Meanwhile, Mark Barron has played very well over the past two years, and has consistently gotten better as time has gone on. Both players should be starters this year.

However, it is entirely plausible that Wright would be a major part of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' sub-packages as a third or fourth safety, especially against tight end-heavy offenses. He'll at minimum provide some security against injury, with Keith Tandy and Kelcie McCray hardly representing solid options if Barron or Goldson were to go down.