The Panthers declined to pick up Wright's 2020 option, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Wright signed a three-year deal with the Panthers in March of 2018, but he'll become a free agent March 16, saving the team $6 million against the salary cap. The 30-year-old slot receiver produced sparingly in 2019, as he never generated more than 60 receiving yards in a game and finished with 28 catches for 296 yards and no touchdowns.
Wright, who caught two passes for 10 yards in Sunday's 42-10 loss to the Saints, finishes up the 2019 campaign with 28 receptions on 58 targets for 296 yards in 16 games played. Wright mostly served as Carolina's No. 3 receiver, but with tailback Christian McCaffrey and tight end Greg Olsen also demanding regular looks ahead of him, the veteran wideout only saw a few spare targets on a weekly basis. In fact, Wright managed more than two catches just three times this season and topped 40 yards just once. In hauling in under half of the attempts sent his way and not finding the end zone at all, the 30-year-old was hardly a meaningful fantasy commodity. The Panthers hold a team option for 2020 on his contract, but it remains to be seen whether he'll be back next year.
Wright caught one of five targets for 19 yards in Sunday's 38-6 loss to the Colts. Wright trailed only Christian McCaffrey for Carolina's team lead in targets, but once again could only put together a one-reception outing. Although that kind of performance has been the norm for him this season, if D.J. Moore (concussion) is unavailable Week 17 versus the Saints, then Wright could gain a little extra value to close the campaign.
Wright caught one of four targets for nine yards in Sunday's 30-24 loss to the Seahawks. Wright broke his brief multi-catch streak as Carolina welcomed fellow wideout Chris Hogan back into the fold. That being said, it's not like Wright, who's caught only one pass in seven of 14 outings this season, endured a drastic drop in production Sunday. He'll remain a depth option for spare targets to close out the season.
Wright caught four of five targets for 30 yards in Sunday's 40-20 loss to the Falcons. Wright trailed only Christian McCaffrey and Ian Thomas in catches for the Panthers, and he's now posted back-to-back games with at least three grabs for the first time this season.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|7||10/24||@New York Giants||20||24.00|
|9||11/07||New England Patriots||17||23.67|
|11||11/21||Washington Football Team||31||29.67|
|16||12/26||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||24||25.33|
|17||01/02||@New Orleans Saints||18||23.80|
|18||01/09||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||24||25.33|
|3 Year Avg||39||24||248||0||14||10.33||25|