Wright signed a contract with the Chiefs on Friday, Adam Caplan of ESPN reports. Although Wright hasn't appeared in a game in two seasons, the former college wideout was a modestly effective receiver during his first three years in the league, when he caught a total of 13 touchdowns in 41 games for the Buccaneers, Patriots and Lions. However, he'll face heavy competition for a roster spot in Kansas City, as Demetrius Harris, Orson Charles and Jace Amaro will all jostle with him for slotting on the depth chart under the established Travis Kelce.
Wright was released by the Lions on Monday, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports. The Lions re-signed Wright earlier this month after he completed his recovery from a torn ACL, but the tight end didn't distinguish himself enough in practices or preseason contests to seriously enter the conversation for a roster spot. With Wright out of the picture, the Lions will have more reps available in the preseason finale for the likes of Michael Roberts and Robert Tonyan, who are competing for depth roles behind the team's top two options at the position, Eric Ebron and Darren Fells.
Wright caught all three of his targets for 24 yards during Friday's preseason loss to the Patriots. Wright was the Lions' most productive tight end in the passing game Friday, though he did benefit from Eric Ebron's (hamstring) absence and Cole Wick's (chest) departure. More importantly, he seems to be back to his pre-injury form after tearing his ACL in spring workouts last year. If Wick is ultimately sidelined for a long period of time, Wright just might make the team.
Wright sat out Wednesday's practice with an undisclosed injury, Mike Rothstein of ESPN.com reports. Wright joined injured fellow tight ends Eric Ebron (hamstring) and Cole Wick (undisclosed) on the sideline. The Rutgers product is competing with Wick, Darren Fells, and rookie Michael Roberts to back up presumed starter Ebron.
Wright (knee) signed a contract with the Lions on Wednesday, Michael Stets of NewsTalk 760 AM WJR reports. Wright was out of the NFL in 2016 after suffering a torn ACL during the Lions' offseason program last May, resulting in his release. With the tight end apparently having returned to full health following the year-plus layoff, the Lions will give him another look and see if he can offer an upgrade over some of their other depth options at the position. During his last NFL season in 2015, Wright appeared in nine games for Detroit, logging nine catches for 77 yards and two touchdowns.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|8||10/28||Green Bay Packers||8||5.50|
|11||11/19||@Los Angeles Chargers||10||5.67|
|14||12/08||@New England Patriots||18||7.37|
|17||12/29||Los Angeles Chargers||10||5.67|
|3 Year Avg||5||3||26||1||2||8.67||8|