Within hours of trading receiver Mike Williams, the Buccaneers signed former Bears safety Major Wright to a one year deal. It was reported earlier this week that he was in town for a visit and it appears the mutual interest lead to this contract coming to fruition. The compensation has yet to be made public.
As Lovie continues to implement his system and his guys, the roster is far from finalized. Wright’s role, for now, is to provide depth at the safety position behind Mark Barron and Dashon Goldson. However, if Wright returns to form this season, it may cause Goldson to become expendable. Goldson and Barron are both heavy hitters that are better suited in the box, rather than defending the pass, so it seems counter-productive to have two players that are essentially the same. Goldson will likely be a Buc in 2014, but at this point nothing should surprise Bucs fans in terms of roster changes. This one year deal for Wright will ultimately be a try-out to unseat Goldson in Lovie’s defense.
Buccaneers Set To Sign WR Lavelle Hawkins
The Buccaneers look poised to sign wide receiver Lavelle Hawkins, who played for Bucs’ Offensive Coordinator Jeff Tedford when he was Head Coach at Cal. Hawkins has played 6 seasons in the NFL for the Tennessee Titans and San Diego Chargers, and also spent time as a kick returner. He will provide some depth at receiver but is surely not expected to replace Mike Williams. He may also factor into the return game to compliment Eric Page. He has 771 yards and 1 touchdown in his 6 year career and may not even make the final roster. He will be a training camp body and his best shot at staying a Buc will be as a special teams player.
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