The Detroit Lions acquired Tim Wright in a trade in 2015, sending a backup kicker to acquire his rights. A year later, it appears the Lions will be moving on from Wright:
Also, as expected, the Lions did not tender TE Tim Wright an RFA offer. He's a free agent.— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) March 9, 2016
Wright was a restricted free agent, but because the Lions did not tender him an offer he immediately became an unrestricted free agent at the start of the league year on Wednesday.
Wright contributed modestly early on for the Lions last season, hauling in seven catches for 55 yards in a three-game span in October. However, he quickly fell out of favor and only recorded a single catch in the final nine games of the season.
The Lions will be looking for some tight end depth. They currently have Eric Ebron and Brandon Pettigrew expected to contribute in 2016, but the only other tight end under contract is Jordan Thompson, who has only played in two games since joining the Lions in 2014. Look for the Lions to add depth via free agency or in the later rounds of the NFL draft.