Tim Wright Is Available

June 11th, 2015
Former Bucs TE Tim Wright is unemployed after earning a Super Bowl ring.

Former Bucs TE Tim Wright is unemployed after earning a Super Bowl ring.

The hardest of the hardcore Bucs fans know Tampa Bay, by virtue of winning the Chase for Jameis, has first dibs on the waiver wire, where released players can be had before they hit the open market.

Today, a familiar name is among the newly unemployed: 25-year-old former Bucs tight end Tim Wright.

Wright was wildly successful as a rookie in 2013, 54 catches and five touchdowns in eight starts for the New Schiano Order. But Lovie Smith had no use for Wright and he was part of the Logan Mankins trade with New England in August.

Wright caught six touchdowns from Tom Brady and won a Super Bowl ring.

So why did Bill Belicheat cut Wright? Perhaps it’s because he can’t block and Belicheat has better tight ends.

Regardless, Joe finds Wright’s newfound freedom rather interesting. Would the Bucs reconsider Wright? Joe doubts it, but it surely wouldn’t be a bad move.

52 Responses to “Tim Wright Is Available”

  1. Love and Warrick Dunn Says:

    Oops. Just mentioned this in the previous article. If Logan plays better this season, then maybe the trade is viewed better than it was initially?

  2. Bucs fan in Brazil Says:

    Anyone know what the cost would be? If not too impactful why not add him, Im sure Koetter can find a way to utilize him , he obviously like using TE’s

  3. tmaxcon Says:

    i don’t see the bucs picking him up. Nice one year story but if the great Lovie smith evaluated him and sent him packing I highly doubt he’d bring him back. I’d trust belicheats judgement if a player can or can not play in this league. Plus even before the trade if I am not mistaken Lovie took a shot at wright. I might be wrong but i seem to remember something happened.

    whose place is he going to take or who is he going to beat out… ASJ is the receiving tight end and Wright will not unset him unless injury. The other two are blockers more or less which wright can not do. Wright is more of WR when it comes to blocking but with the size / speed and versatility at WR this camp I don’t see a roster spot for wright. Good story his rookie year wish him luck but don’t see him a buc.

  4. Waterboy Says:

    They better run to grab him off waivers. So far ASJ hasn’t shown me anything this guy may not be the prototypical size of a TE but he looked a lot better than ASJ if you compare both of their rookie seasons.

  5. Waterboy Says:

    The Patriots are deep at TE which is why they no longer needed Wright.

  6. mac Says:

    We could use some receiving talent at the TE position… ASJ, Myers and Stocker are not going to scare ANY defenses… Although I hope ASJ can show improvement he has been pretty lackluster so far…

  7. tmaxcon Says:


    i agree that ASJ has done nothing and given the history of foot injuries going back to high school. I am very cautious to count on ASJ. However, he is a draft pick of one of the MOST stubborn men on the planet. ASJ will be shoved down our throats to he either succeeds or pulls a Myron Lewis.

    I like wright but I just see how he fits in with this mix. plus if Lovie liked him he would not have booted for a has been.

  8. Louis Friend Says:

    Wright won’t be brought back. He was tossed out like a paper plate in the Mankins trade. A 4th by itself should’ve been enough to get an old OL like him. Smith/Licht don’t value what Wright can do. And that’s a shame.

  9. MadMax Says:

    GET HIM!

  10. The Real Malloy Says:

    Definitely looking like we’re gonna end up on the better side of this trade…

    Americas Barbecue Master!

  11. MadMax Says:

    Tight end sets and he takes the Lb/safety coverage (if its there), if not…..completion.

  12. BigMacAttack Says:

    And then he said Luke Stocker…

  13. Tom Edrington Says:

    One thing really troubles me, the Joe(s) have crowned Logan Mankins the “barbeque pit master”…….Have they actually sampled anything he has produced on the grill?????

  14. Lord Cornelius Says:

    “However, he is a draft pick of one of the MOST stubborn men on the planet.”

    lol. You good friends with Light? He’s only been here a year and a few months and he already cut bait on his failed FA signings from last year. Kind of the opposite of stubborn according to most.

    If you’re going to get your panties in a bunch with constant Bucs negativity at least use realistic reasoning & logic & facts instead of just pulling random conjecture out of your a5s. It’s just sad to watch

  15. tmaxcon Says:

    Lord Cornelius

    Lovie has final say on all personnel decisions and that is well documented. It also widely accepted that Lovie Smith is a stubborn coach.

    You can give Lovie a free pass if you like. I am going to wait until he earns it by winning.

  16. BuccFanInHawkeyeCountry Says:

    I’d pick him back up. That’s just me. Can’t have Too many weapons. Patriots cut him just because they’re soooo deep (Giggidy) in the tight end department. They got gronk, Scott chandler, Fred Davis, hoomononononoooohhieeee, they even got AJ derby for a young buck. No need for Tim wright. Ours are good. I love me some Iowa Brandon Myers. But even if he can’t beat him out he could beat out our Christmas present from Raheem,, if not keep 4. (Doubt they scenario) just sayin rookie QB. Can’t have too many options.

  17. tickrdr Says:

    He only has 11 TDs playing in parts of two seasons. We certainly don’t need that kind of production. (sarcasm) He also seemed he could catch almost as well as Robert Herron (also sarcasm, if you didn’t know).


  18. drdneast Says:

    Tmaxcon, Lovie has won in this league. I believe he had a winning record in Chicago without a franchise QB.
    LOL. Feel bad for Wright but love the fact all the clowns who are saying snide things right now were probably the ones who cited how clueless Lovie and Licht were for trading him. Guess Bellicheat can don a bigger dunce hat because he didn’t even get a trade for him.
    Said at the time he was just a bigger slower version of Tjax and Evans who couldn’t or wouldn’t block as well as they did.
    Most of you guys know as much about football as a Catholic priest knows about marriage.

  19. Warren Says:

    Seriously…worth another look at least! We have a glut at tight end but only one who can supposedly catch.

  20. Owlykat Says:

    I am all for bringing Wright back as insurance in case ASJ has more problems with his foot. Wright is more sure handed than ASJ and is great in the red zone too. Besides he has had training from Bellicheat to boot. I believe he is just as fast as ASJ. I would suspect that Licht was concerned after watching the tape of Wright he was afraid he would beat out ASJ and make Licht’s high pick look foolish. But if Licht picks him off the waiver wire and he does well this year that would now make Licht look smart.

  21. Buc1987 Says:

    All they need is Jameis!

  22. drdneast Says:

    Are you n third grade Owlykat or do you just think like a third grader.
    I’m sure Belicheat tried to trade him first and the kid has a low contract but there were no takers.
    I really can’t believe e majority of these moronic posts. Some people just can’t admit they were wrong.
    BTW Warren, look at the number of catches Brandon Myers had when he was at Oakland and New York. Plus he can block.
    Good luck to Wright though.

  23. Andrew 1 Says:

    And I remember some people were biching and moaning about how dumb it was that we traded away such a great player. phsst. Glad the bucs don’t listen to bucs fans.

  24. Buc1987 Says:

    Andrew sometimes I think they should listen to some fans….I mean could it be worse or better or just the same results?

    Poor Owlycat nearly everytime you post on JBF you get attacked. I read the comments at PR and it’s like a family over there. So much love.

    We’re like a family on JBF too, only it’s a chaotic, dysfunctional one. 🙂

  25. Thunder Sack Says:

    How about this. Pick up the youngster that was successful with this franchise and coach him up?

    Just a silly thought…

  26. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    If we DO or, If we DON’Tpick up Tim Wright. I wish the young man all the best

  27. Pawel Says:

    Bring him in with that superbowl ring, so when hes in the locker room, he can show it off and that might motivate the team a little more, lol

  28. StPeteBucsFan Says:


    You know I’m just effing with you because of our friendly debates over Lovie.
    What are friends for if they can’t debate.

    Just wanted to nitpick a bit here…

    You can give Lovie a free pass if you like. I am going to wait until he earns it by winning.

    Just to be correct it’s ME that is giving him what you call a free pass. And after 2-14 I’m certainly appreciative of all your skepticism. If he wins this year then he will have EARNED IT as you point out and so you’re already on the record as never giving a free pass and of course if he EARNS your praise after a winning season it wouldn’t be a “free” pass but an “earned” one.

  29. Andrew 1 Says:

    Don’t pay any attention to me 87, just having one of those days. Stopped short of really laying on one to bucs fans.

  30. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    I’m with tmax and others who have pointed out that there really is no spot at the moment on the Bucs roster. Barring injury ASJ simply has far more talent. But again I agree with tmax and the Joes that he has to prove he can stay healthy.

    And so what is the cost to bring Wright into camp. I suspect he’s has enough of a record behind him to have a salary figure in mind?

    What are his agent’s options? If the Bucs don’t offer what Wright wants is Wright then free to negotiate with ALL the other teams or does the second team on the list get first crack or should I say second crack…lol..and then 3rd etc?

  31. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    @andrew 1

    Don’t hold back now brotha. Blow that issh out.

  32. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    damn you Pandora pop-ups …smh

  33. Rrsrq Says:

    T. Wright was traded
    1. We had just drafted a tight end, but didn’t Tedford like the two-tight end set, well, we’ll never know
    2. We were desperate for a lineman
    3. Tim likely was included in the trade because the Pats had leverage given how desperate we were and I am sure he came to Bellicheat at the recommendation of Schiano
    4. Pats needed a TE, Gronk was hurt and the other stud, Aaron Hernandez, was about to do a bid upstate.
    5. Why not take a chance and bring somebody like him, so he can put that ring in Jameis face, given him additional motivation

  34. WalkdaPlank Says:

    I would like him on my team, but Lovie won’t. Traded his ass the first chance he got. I’m not sold on ASJ at all, he’s done nothing but get injured and make an ass out of himself on the field. It’s only his second year though, so still time to improve on after a disappointing rookie season.

    I hope Wright finds a good home, he lit up the league with Glennon as his QB and a bum O-line. I was no fan of the trade and am still not, but if Mankins actually picks his ass up and plays like he wants to be here instead of daydreaming on the field about being reunited with his deflated boyfriend Tom Brady, the Bucs could’ve actually won a trade with the PATRIOTS. Wouldn’t that be a feat?

  35. WS99 Says:

    Wright caught six touchdowns from Tom Brady and won a Super Bowl ring > 2 TDs and an unsportsmanlike penalty.

    Let’s not forget the 5 TDs the year before.

  36. Eric Says:

    Everything was fabulous before Lovie took over………….

  37. WS99 Says:


    11 Tds in 2 years is more than Stocker, Meyers and ASJ had combined in the last two years. Here’s my logic if what you truly believe is “right” isn’t working then try the “wrong” approach. Maybe the “wrong” approach might lead you to more than 6 wins in two years. But what do us “stupid, ignorant, moronic” fans know?

  38. Tom S. Says:

    LOL, right Eric? I mean we had the whole MRSA thing, our kicker was suing us, highly paid lineman Nicks was on the shelf because of it, our ‘franchise’ QB was oversleeping for team photo shoots and losing his captain title, everyone was blaming it on the head coach. There was the ‘Fire Schiano’ billboard and we started the 2013 season 0-8 after giving up our future first and fourth round pick for a one year rental of Darelle Revis. Those were the times! Man, how I miss them 😛

  39. WS99 Says:

    LOL Ha Ha Ha you’re so right. And even with all that going on our 2nd yrs HC won twice as many games as our SB 10y GOAT HC Lovely Smith.

  40. Harry Says:

    I think they would be crazy not to take him. Are you telling me he is not better than the 90th player on the expanded roster? At the very least, I would be surprised if he is not better than any of TEs on regular season roster not names ASJ and Myers – that would include Luke “IR” Stoker.

    With that being said, Lovie won’t do it…

  41. tmaxcon Says:


    nice to hear from you sir.

    If lovie wins a championship with bucs before I am worm dirt. I’ll gladly run my old fat arse naked down dale mabry screaming Loive is King… Now that being said, like you have mentioned I am very skeptical.

    My problem is with the people that keep pointing to his success in Chicago when he was run out after a 10 win season He has not won a playoff game in years and has not even coached in back to back plaoffs in nearly 10 years yet some of these people want to call lovie great all the time. greatness is earned through wins not excuse making. Belicheat is Great, Tuna is Great, Lombard is Great.. Holmgren is great Walsh is great LOVIE SMITH IS NOT GREAT!

    have a wonderful day sir!

  42. tickrdr Says:


    You are so right! But then I’m just one of those “stat geeks” who happens to believe that TDs help to win games, and that bad plays like INTs help to lose them. Lovie seemed to ship out most of the Schiano era players, and then cede starting jobs to others, even before the OTA’s and mini-camps, let alone before legit practice in training camp and exhibition games. I have asked before:
    which players on the team played BETTER IN 2014, than they did in 2013???
    Even our stars like Lavonte David had a better season with more “splash plays”
    in 2013 than last year. Which units played better: offense, defense, or special teams? Was clock management better? Fewer penalties?

    tickrdr (America’s Doubting Thomas)

  43. WS99 Says:

    which players on the team played BETTER IN 2014, than they did in 2013???

    Lol, all of them tickrdr lol, they all did bro. All of em. Every single last one. Lmao. Except barron, banks and goldson and they are the reason why we only won 2 games. If not for those three messing up Lovies defense we would have 10 wins.

  44. Lord Cornelius Says:

    “Lovie has final say on all personnel decisions and that is well documented. It also widely accepted that Lovie Smith is a stubborn coach.

    You can give Lovie a free pass if you like. I am going to wait until he earns it by winning”

    It’s not about free passes it’s about me calling out jacka5s fans who are almost blind with pessimism. I’ll take Lovie’s SB appearance with Rex Grossman over your internet commenting resume.

  45. Lord Cornelius Says:

    “I would suspect that Licht was concerned after watching the tape of Wright he was afraid he would beat out ASJ and make Licht’s high pick look foolish. But if Licht picks him off the waiver wire and he does well this year that would now make Licht look smart.”

    Do you think Light waited until after the draft to watch tape of the 2013 Bucs roster? I mean wtf man lol. Basically he noticed AFTER the 2013 draft the talent level of Wright? Can’t make this stuff up

  46. Lord Cornelius Says:

    I hope Wright finds a good home, he lit up the league with Glennon as his QB and a bum O-line”

    I watched that entire season and it’s incredibly laughable to think he “lit up the league”. When you accumulate numbers in dump offs and sitting in open zones of the defense because the team is down 3-4 TDs in the 4th quarter it kind of takes the stats out of context.

    Just like Mike Glennons TD:INT ratio. Dude is not a winner and choked in mulitple 4th quarters and does not have the killer instinct to make big plays. Can’t measure that on a stat sheet but anyone watching the games intently seems to come away with that impression.

  47. tickrdr Says:


    Case in point re: fundamentals

    I posted last year about a play during a pre-season game, where Mike Evans caught a pass from Glennon on a crossing pattern, and should have had an easy touchdown, but was stripped of the ball, when a DB swatted it from his right hand while running down the LEFT sideline. I was flabbergasted when he said that he had never been taught to switch the ball to the outside hand to shield it from defenders.


  48. The original "Kevin" Says:

    Im sure the bucs would rather use theyre first dibs on offensive line help than wright. Hey at least thats one deal the bucs actually made out better on than bellicheat.

    Maybe he doesnt want to be a patriot. Maybe he requested his release

    Maybe he wants a superbowl ring that isnt tarnished with the patriot name…

  49. Brandon Says:

    I’m pretty sure Jeff Tedford decided he didn’t need Wright, perhaps Koetter has a different view on this. ASJ is more of an inline TE with Wright being more of an H-back. If we don’t want him, I’m pretty sure the Saints or Falcons will.

  50. MadMax Says:

    Like I said….GET HIM!!!!!

  51. WalkdaPlank Says:

    Lord Cornelius

    Obviously I was exaggerating, dude. Come on now. Wright was a bright spot in an awful season so of course his play stands out from 2013. And I never once mentioned any stats.

  52. FuNkYxMuNkEy Says:

    Sign Mathis instead. we need Guard help more than another TE