Sep 29, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush (21) leaps over Chicago Bears strong safety Major Wright (21) on his way to a thirty seven yard touchdown run in the second quarter at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Free agency is just a few weeks away and we’re taking a look at the Chicago Bears pending free agents to see who might make sense to bring back. Some of the biggest names were already brought back – Cutler, Jennings, Gould and Slauson – but there are still plenty of guys that don’t know where they’ll be next season. I’m looking at these based on their 2013 cap hit, so next up is Major Wright.
In this entire series so far, this is probably the least likely to be brought back with the Bears in 2014. The Bears safeties had a rough season in 2013, emblematic of the defensive problems across the board.
Major Wright should have been one of the Bears players lining up for a contract extension, coming off his rookie contract. His price tag in 2013 more than doubled over previous seasons, which tells me that last year of the original deal was supposed to be converted to an extension, but Wright never showed enough on the field to merit that consideration. There was a minute back in 2012 when you thought maybe the former third round pick would round into a serviceable NFL-caliber safety, then 2013 happened.