Tampa Buccaneers reclaim TE Tim Wright


Less than a year after dealing tight end Tim Wright to the Patriots, the Buccaneers have brought him back off the waiver wire, the team announced Friday.

The Patriots cut Wright on Thursday.

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The 25-year-old caught six touchdowns for the Patriots a year ago after coming over in a trade that sent guard Logan Mankins to Tampa Bay for Wright and a fourth-round pick.

As Rob Gronkowski's primary understudy, Wright was also a solid blocker and got on the field for more than 350 snaps.

While Wright did play at Rutgers, a program near and dear to Bill Belichick's heart, he probably wasn't going to keep a roster spot over Scott Chandler, the productive veteran from Buffalo who signed with New England in March.

Last year's trade will go down as a clear indication of how Belichick was feeling about Mankins and his bloated salary at the time, as Wright did not end up in the coach's long-term plans. 

Then again, with Belichick it's hard to predict any long-term plans.

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