Tampa Bay Buccaneers add Major Wright and Lavelle Hawkins


Just a matter of days after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced their trade of Mike Williams to the Buffalo Bills for a sixth round draft pick, a new pass-catcher and safety have joined the pewter and red. Former Tennessee Titans receiver Lavelle Hawkins inked a deal with Tampa Bay along with former Chicago Bears safety Major Wright.

The  Hawkins addition is nice for depth purposes but fails to adequately replace Williams. In 2011 Hawkins had his best season compiling 47 receptions along with a touchdown. Hawkins was taken in the 4th round of the NFL draft by Tennessee in 2008.

Major Wright is a much more impactive addition. The safety has missed only one start in the past two seasons. A ball-hawking defensive back, the former Florida Gator has 9 career interceptions with one being returned for a touchdown the past three seasons. How Wright fits in with Mark Barron and Dashon Goldson remains to be seen.


Wright will likely be used to push Barron and maybe even replace the former first-rounder. Once again, head coach Lovie Smith is proving he has no affinity for any player who is already on the roster no matter their pedigree. Considering that Goldson spent a fair amount of time suspended for personal fouls or paying fines, having more depth on the back-end isn’t a bad idea.

Bottom line, Wright makes the Bucs’ defense better.

After one of biggest free-agency periods in Bucs history the draft and training camp are shaping up to be a little more than interesting.

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