Third round selection Major Wright signed a four-year contract Friday making the Bears the first squad to complete a deal with all their draftees. The safety from Florida hopes to make a major contribution to an inconsistent and often nicked up secondary. He brings to the table the type of skill set you would like for a safety to provide. Here’s the scoop on Wright’s attributes courtesy of GM Jerry Angelo:
He’s a tough guy,” general manager Jerry Angelo said on the day the Bears drafted Wright. “He’s got the characteristics that we look for at the safety position. He’s a hitter. He’s going to be more renowned for his hitting ability. He does a really good job in that area. He’s got good football smarts. There’s really nothing not to like.”
What has to be liked is the belief he may be able to step in right away. Many believe Wright is expected to come in make an instant impact and I see him starting Week 1 at free safety, as recent history shows we have been successful plugging in rookie safeties. The learning process will take time, but who really thinks Danieal Manning or Craig Steltz has what it takes to lock down a starting spot next to Chris Harris? How painful would it be to watch a Steltz-Harris combo defend the pass against the likes of Aaron Rodgers, Brett Favre, and Matthew Stafford? Truly painful for Bears fans, laughable like Damon Wayans on the big screen for our NFC North rivals.
As bad as our defensive backfield has performed, albeit injuries taking their toll, I am hoping the team makes a strong push for Oshiomogho Atogwe just in case Wright does not deliver, considering he’s still a rookie. Atogwe is turnover-forcing machine, who specializes in ball-hawking, something the Bears secondary has been desperately lacking. By the way, who honestly thought Pisa Tinoisamoa was going to end up in a Bears uniform? Certainly, Atogwe would be the icing on the cake for a defense that is looking to rebound from a woeful ’09 campaign.