The Detroit Lions secured depth at the tight end position Monday by agreeing to terms on a new contract with Tim Wright.
A news release through the Lions' official website confirmed Detroit re-signed the 25-year-old. Wright had nine receptions for 77 yards and two touchdowns last season. He spent his rookie year with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before playing for the New England Patriots in 2014.
Wright entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent in 2013 but got a shot in Tampa Bay, where he was reunited with his former Rutgers head coach in Greg Schiano. He fully capitalized on the opportunity, logging 54 receptions for 571 yards and five touchdowns.
The Buccaneers opted to acquire Pro Bowl guard Logan Mankins and sacrificed Wright in an August 2014 trade, though. Although Wright took a backseat to the likes of Patriots superstar Rob Gronkowski, he was on board for a Super Bowl XLIX triumph.
After a brief return to Tampa Bay last June, Wright was again traded before playing in any games—this time to Detroit, where he appears to be settling down, at least for the time being.
This is a savvy move for the Lions to retain Wright. He has youth on his side and has produced at a high level as a pass-catcher in the past, which should come in handy as Detroit tries to retool its offense.
Legendary receiver Calvin Johnson is now retired, so Wright could well see his role expand in the Lions' passing attack. The 2014 draft's 10th overall pick, Eric Ebron, has yet to live up to his billing and could see his role diminished in the event Wright emulates what he did during the 2013 campaign.
Veteran TE Brandon Pettigrew was plagued by injuries last season, appeared in only eight games and suffered a third career torn ACL in December. Wright is a fine insurance option and figures to form a solid tandem with Ebron for at least 2016.