Wright looked like he had a lot of potential as a rookie with the Bucs in 2013. It took him a few games to adjust to the NFL game, but he was consistently beating safeties and linebackers in one-on-one coverage for the rest of the season, putting up 571 receiving yards and five touchdowns on 54 catches with the Bucs. That's pretty impressive for a rookie tight end, even if his blocking wasn't up to par.
But when the Buccaneers traded him to the Patriots last preseason, he turned into little more than a bit player and red-zone target, hauling in just 26 catches for 259 yards and six touchdowns. Granted, the Patriots have a fairly impressive depth chart now with Rob Gronkowski, Scott Chandler and Fred Davis. They don't really need Wright, who's more of a strict receiving tight end and not that versatile.
The fact that the Patriots got so little out of Wright does make the trade for Logan Mankins last preseason look a little better, though the main stumbling block is still giving up a fourth-round pick for a declining guard on a ridiculously expensive contract.
Most intriguingly, the Bucs can now pick up Tim Wright again. All they have to do is put in a waiver claim, and they've got some extra receiving talent at tight end -- and that's something they could use, given that their depth chart consists of Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Brandon Myers, Luke Stocker and a couple of second-year undrafted free agents.