Last Friday, the Detroit Lions added quarterback Garrett Gilbert to their roster after claiming him off waivers from the New England Patriots. He wasn't the only ex-Patriots player they tried to claim off waivers last week, though. In addition to Gilbert, the Lions wanted to add tight end Tim Wright, but they weren't high enough on the waiver-wire priority list.
Source: 10 total teams put a waiver claim in on TE Tim Wright. TB, NYJ, CHI, ATL, CLE, NO, MIA, KC, PIT, DET. Bucs had 1st priority.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) June 15, 2015
As you can see, the Lions weren't even close to being awarded Wright with so many other teams interested in him. He ultimately ended up returning to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, which traded him to New England in the first place last August. With the Patriots in 2014, Wright had 26 catches for 259 yards and six touchdowns.
So, why did the Lions try to add Wright? Considering they signed tight end David Ausberry last week, it's clear that they aren't thrilled with their depth at tight end right now. That likely stems from Joseph Fauria being limited as he continues to recover from an ankle injury. Once Fauria gets to 100 percent, their depth at the position should be fine. In the meantime, though, the Lions seemingly wanted some extra insurance by throwing a guy like Wright into the mix at the position.