We've claimed WR James Wright via waivers from Cincinnati
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) March 14, 2017
Wright is the second member of the 2016 Bengals to make the journey north on Interstate 71 and make Cleveland their next football home. The Browns signed former Bengals right guard Kevin Zeitler to a five-year contract on March 9.
— Nate Ulrich (@NateUlrichABJ) March 14, 2017
He enters his fourth season in the National Football League. Wright spent the first three seasons with the Bengals. In his first two seasons in Cincinnati, Wright played wide receiver under current Browns head coach Hue Jackson.
The Bengals selected Wright in the seventh round of the 2014 NFL draft out of Louisiana State University. He can serve as a utility wide receiver and can see plenty of time on special teams.
Wright has appeared in 24 career games with Cincinnati. He has two career starts at wide receiver. Wright has 18 receptions for 197 yards. In addition, Wright has five careers carries for 24 yards. He also has 16 tackles on special teams.
Wright played in 13 games in 2016 for the Bengals. 13 of his 18 career receptions took place last season. Wright does not have a touchdown in the National Football League.
He made an impact on special teams for the Bengals last season. He finished second on the team with eleven special teams tackles in 2016.
The 25-year old missed the entire 2015 season due to microfracture knee surgery. The injury happened late in his rookie season of 2014.
NEWS: #Bengals re-sign OL Eric Winston and waive WR James Wright
— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) March 13, 2017
The Bengals released Wright to make room on their roster when they re-signed free agent offensive tackle Eric Winston on March 13. Wright is the second wide receiver to join the Browns since the NFL’s new calendar year began. Kenny Britt agreed to a four-year contract on March 9.