Buccaneers trade TE Tim Wright to Lions


Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew has swung another trade and Tim Wright is on the move again.

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The Buccaneers traded the tight end to the Lions, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday. The trade was later confirmed by the Bucs.

In return, the Bucs received backup kicker Kyle Brindza. Brindza will have a brief shot at earning the duties in Tampa as the Bucs' kicker-go-round continues. The team signed veteran Connor Barth last week.

This trade is a case of both Wright and Brindza being on the roster bubble, likely to be cut as teams get down to 75 players before Tuesday. While neither is secured a job with their new team, the swap gives each a better chance to win a gig.

The Lions have been searching for tight end depth behind Brandon Pettigrew and 2014 first-round pick Eric Ebron. Joseph Fauria, a 6-foot-7 red-zone target, has been the third tight end, but has struggled to stay healthy and hasn't impressed in preseason action.

For the second consecutive August, the Buccaneers have traded Wright. Last year, Tampa shipped Wright to New England for guard Logan Mankins.

Wright caught 26 passes for 259 yards with six touchdowns for the Patriots.

It's the third trade Mayhew has swung this month -- shipping corner Mohammed Seisay to Seattle and offensive tackle Michael Williams to New England.