The KC Chiefs have one of the biggest stars at the tight end position in Travis Kelce, but every big time star needs a backup. Turns out that the New England Patriots have cut tight end Tim Wright (according to Kevin Patra of NFL.com), who very well could fit a need in Kansas City as a backup tight end role for the Chiefs.
Wright, an undrafted free agent out of Rutgers in 2013, signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for his rookie season. He had five touchdowns in a Bucs uniform with 54 receptions for 571 yards. He played in every game as a rookie, and started half of them. Not bad for an undrafted free agent.
During preseason last summer, Wright was traded to the New England Patriots along with a fourth round pick in exchange for guard Logan Mankins. Wright played in every game in year two of his pro career, but only started two games for the Pats.
Playing alongside Rob Gronkowski, Wright had 26 receptions for 259 yards and six touchdowns. It’s impressive that Wright had the season he did with Tampa Bay in 2013 considering he had Mike Glennon throwing to him (not to say that Glennon sucks or anything, but he’s certainly no Tom Brady).
I recently wrote up an article about free agent tight ends on the market, and now that Wright is available, I say add him to that list for sure! Travis Kelce is the starter in Kansas City, there’s no doubt about that, but adding Tim Wright would only add to the ferociousness that could be the KC Chiefs’ tight ends in 2015.
Here is what Kevin Patra of NFL.com, who wrote the news about the former Rutgers tight end being cut, had to say about Wright,
"Wright is an athletic tight end who had just 26 receptions and 259 yards in 2014, but snagged six touchdowns. His production was all over the map. The tight end appeared in six regular season games without a catch. He also earned two touchdowns on five grabs in Week 12. However, Wright didn’t have a single catch in the Pats’ playoff run.~~~Wright is subject to waivers. Given his age and scoring production in two years, he’s likely to find a landing spot quickly. But after almost being cut by the Buccaneers last year, then being jettisoned by the Pats, teams might approach Wright warily. Tight end-needy squads like the Atlanta Falcons or New Orleans Saints could be in line for his services."
I don’t expect the Kansas City Chiefs to make a run for Tim Wright, considering their cap issues, but it’s nice to dream. You have to admit that adding Tim Wright alongside Travis Kelce would make for a very scary tight end set in Kansas City.
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