Sep 29, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Chicago Bears strong safety Major Wright (21) before the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports
2013 Cap Hit: $1.5 Million
2013 Grade: Brace yourself and make sure you’re seated. While Chris Conte is the poster boy for the Bears’ woes in the secondary, Major Wright was just plain awful. He was the WORST ranked safety in the NFL according to PFF, with a -27.4 grade, among the 86 safeties who were graded. He was a reasonably bad -1.7 in rushing the passer but a woeful -11.8 in pass coverage and an even worse -15.5 vs the run. How would you like to be his agent sitting across the bargaining table with those stats in your pocket?
Pros: Um, he knows the system. Sort of. He will probably come cheap and is still young enough to turn it around at 25 years old.
Cons:Where do we start? Wright struggled with the most basic elements that an NFL safety should possess. He prefers to launch himself into an opponent rather than wrap up and tackle. He takes horrible angles and routinely gets beat to the corner.
Potential suitors: Hopefully the Green Bay Packers?
Bottom Line: Heads have to roll for the horrific defensive effort in 2013 and as a free agent, Wright is one of many who needs to go. The worst thing the Bears could do would be to bring back Wright. In this case, two wrongs would make a Wright.