Lions let TE Tim Wright become free agent

Josh Katzenstein
The Detroit News
Tim Wright

The Lions declined to tender their only restricted free agent before Wednesday’s deadline, letting tight end Tim Wright become an unrestricted free agent.

Wright, whom the Lions acquired in a trade last August, could still re-sign in Detroit as the team needs depth at the position behind Eric Ebron and Brandon Pettigrew. However, other teams will be free to sign Wright without the Lions having first right of refusal as they would’ve with a restricted tender.

A low-round tender, the cheapest option, would’ve paid Wright $1.67 million, so the Lions might be hoping to sign him for less.

Wright, 25, had career lows of nine catches for 77 yards and two touchdowns last season.