The Tampa Bay Buccaneers confirmed that they have traded tight end Tim Wright for the second time in the past two years, dealing him to the Detroit Lions in exchange for kicker Kyle Brindza on Monday. Ian Rapoport of NFL.com was the first to report news of the deal.
Josh Katzenstein of the Detroit News speculated that tight end Joseph Fauria will likely be on the chopping block for the Lions with Wright heading to town. The team also has Eric Ebron and Brandon Pettigrew at the position, and it's unlikely the Lions will carry four tight ends on the roster heading into the season.
On the other end of the deal, Rapoport noted that Tampa Bay now has three kickers following Monday's trade:
Interestingly, the Bucs traded Wright last August as well, sending him to the New England Patriots for guard Logan Mankins. Wright caught 26 passes for 259 yards and six touchdowns in 16 games with the Pats, though he was released by the team in June, allowing the Bucs to swoop in and claim him off waivers.
Wright's addition almost assuredly means that Fauria's place on the team is in peril. Pettigrew isn't going anywhere, as he's the team's best blocking tight end and a solid option in the passing game.
Ebron, meanwhile, was the team's first-round pick in 2014 and brings impressive athleticism to the position, so it's hard to imagine Detroit giving up on him already. But Fauria, who has missed nine games in his career due to ankle injuries, seems far less secure and will likely be the odd man out.