In a surprising move, the Patriots have released tight end Tim Wright, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported today.
The Patriots traded long time OL Logan Mankins to Tampa for 25 year old Tim Wright and a 4th round pick last year.
All Wright did was catch touchdown passes for New England last year, catching six of them. He didn’t catch many passes, catching only 26 for 259 yards. He caught two touchdowns in week 12 on 5 catches for the Patriots, but did go six straight games without a single catch. He also didn’t catch a single pass during the team’s postseason run.
New England signed tight end Scott Chandler during the off-season. Chandler caught 47 catches for 497 yards and 3 touchdowns. Chandler is expected to be the 2nd tight end behind Gronk, with huge size and a huge red zone presence. Micahel Hoomanawanui is the pure blocking tight end, probably why he remains on the team and Wright doesn’t. The Pats also drafted tight end A.J. Derby, who caught 22 catches for 303 yards and 3 touchdowns during his final year in Arkansas, and his only year as a tight end. He’s 6’5 and 255 pounds. He certainly has a better shot to make the team now than he did a day ago.
I’m sure Tim Wright won’t last long on the open market with teams like Atlanta and New Orleans needing a tight end.