Lions bring back tight end Tim Wright

Josh Katzenstein
The Detroit News
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The Lions chose not to tender Tim Wright as a restricted free agent last week, but the tight end will be back in 2016.

The team announced that Wright re-signed Monday, so he’ll return as a backup option at tight end.

Wright, 25, arrived in Detroit via trade last August with the Lions sending rookie kicker Kyle Brindza to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In nine games, Wright had nine catches for 77 yards and two touchdowns.

Wright played sparingly as the third option behind Eric Ebron and Brandon Pettigrew, and block-first tight end Bear Pascoe, who’s also a free agent, played significant snaps late in the year.

Lions general manager Bob Quinn is familiar with Wright, who was with the Patriots in 2014. In New England, Wright had 26 catches for 259 yards and six touchdowns after the Patriots acquired him in a trade from the Buccaneers. As a rookie in Tampa Bay, he had 54 catches for 571 yards and five touchdowns.

Wright went back to Tampa Bay after the Patriots waived him last June only to be traded again.

Now, Wright will be back in Detroit competing for playing time. Contract details were not disclosed, but the deal is presumably worth less than the original-round tender, which would’ve cost $1.67 million in 2016.

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