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Major Wright joins Lovie in Tampa

Another former Bear will reunite with Lovie Smith in Tampa Bay.

Safety Major Wright agreed to a one-year deal with the Buccaneers, according to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport. Wright had visited with the Bucs earlier in the week. 

The 25-year-old strong safety had 100 tackles in 2013, three passes defensed and two interceptions, including one he returned for a touchdown. However, Wright had the league’s worst grade among all safeties, according to Pro Football Focus. Quarterbacks had a 146.8 rating when targeting Wright, per PFF.

The safeties coach in Tampa is Mikal Smith, who was the Bears’ defensive quality control coach (2010-11) and assistant/nickelback coach (2012) when Wright was in Chicago.

Wright will compete with Kelcie McCray and Keith Tandy to be the No. 3 safety behind starters Mark Barron and Dashon Goldson. The Bears host the Buccaneers during the 2014 season. 

-Kevin Fishbain