Bears safety Major Wright is returning to the state where he played his college ball, agreeing to terms on a one-year deal with the Bucs, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The former Florida Gators star had 100 tackles, two forced fumbles and two interceptions in 15 games with the Bears last season. He will provide depth for the Bucs behind safeties Mark Barron and Dashon Goldson.
Wright will be reunited with coach Lovie Smith, whom he played under in Chicago from 2010-12. Wright was a third round pick by the Bears out of Florida in 2010.
Wright also will rejoin Smith’s his son Mikal, Tampa Bay’s safeties coach, and cornerbacks coach Gill Byrd, who had the same position in Chicago. Wright has nine interceptions in the last three seasons, with 42 starts in that span as well. He was born in Fort Lauderdale and was part of Florida’s national championship squad in 2008.