The Buffalo Bills added some much-needed experienced depth to their secondary with Monday's signing of veteran cornerback Shareece Wright, who had visited with them on April 12.
The 5-foot-11, 182-pound Wright, who is entering his seventh NFL season, spent the last two years with the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers.
"The process was just pretty much trying to find the best opportunity where I can go in and compete to play on a good defense," he said during a conference call with reporters. "After weighing my options out during that process, I really felt like this was the best opportunity to come here. Going on my seventh year in the league and just looking at the roster, the opportunity was there for me to be able to come in and add something to this defense."
Leslie Frazier, the Bills' defensive coordinator, was with Wright last season as Baltimore's secondary coach.
"That was another thing that kind of made this decision for me, just having Leslie coach me last year and being familiar with him and the way he coaches and the what he expects," Wright said. "He made that phone call to me and told me he felt like it’s a great opportunity for me to come here and add something to this defense. I trust in him and we went from there."
He joined the San Diego Chargers in 2011 as a third-round draft pick from USC, and was with them for four seasons.
Wright has played in 67 games, including 42 starts. He has 213 tackles, 31 passes defensed, and one interception.
His signing comes four days after the Bills made another cornerback, LSU's Tre'Davious White, their first-round draft pick.
"We all knew all long they were going to draft a corner," Wright said. "We didn’t know how high or what round, but they did tell me they were going to draft one. Cornerback and the secondary is one of those things and you can have three or four corners on the field at one time, and that’s what this league is at this time.
"One or two corners aren’t enough in the NFL and, obviously, we knew that they were going to draft a corner and they went first round with one. Even after that, I felt that it was a great opportunity for me to come here and just add my veteran leadership to this defense. There’s a lot of young guys on this defense and I’m going to come in here and just compete right away."
One of Wright's better games came with the Ravens in the 2016 season-opener against the Bills. He was credited with 11 tackles and helped with a defensive scheme that put most of his effort into containing running back LeSean McCoy, who was limited to 58 yards on 16 carries.
"Obviously, we have one of the (top) running backs – now, here with the Bills – in the league and we knew it was the first game of the season," Wright said. "We felt like they were going to try to get him going and a lot of those plays just came my way and I did whatever I could to make those plays."
Another high-character acquisition for coach Sean McDermott, Wright donated $100 for every tackle he made through his rookie season to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. That was inspired by the fact the daughter of his former high school coach had Type 1 Diabetes.