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What Browns' Wright offers the Cardinals

3/16/2009

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

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Former Browns running back Jason Wright could conceivably fill J.J. Arrington's former role on the Cardinals now that Arizona has agreed to contract terms with him. Though Wright is not a return specialist, his contributions on special teams also made him attractive to the Cardinals.

The agreement, announced by the team, would not appear to affect the Cardinals' draft plans at the position. The team could still use a starting-caliber halfback. Edgerrin James remains on the roster for now. His eventual release still appears likely.

James, Tim Hightower, Chris Vincent, Justin Green and Tim Castille are the Cardinals' current running backs. Castille is a fullback, as is unrestricted free agent Terrelle Smith.

The Scouts Inc. profile for Wright describes him this way:

While he certainly isn't flashy and doesn't have exceptional physical prowess, Wright is tough, determined and very reliable in all facets, including special teams -- where he shines. He doesn't get a lot of action, but is a change of pace to the bruising [Jamal] Lewis. He isn't particularly big, strong, nifty or fast, but he studies the game and gets the very most out of his abilities. He sees the hole and attacks it. He also shows good patience, balance and keeps his feet churning on contact. He has soft hands and consistently secures the ball away from his frame, dropping very few passes. He is very impressive in pass protection.

Wright will not run away from anyone at this level and doesn't have the girth or power to carry the load for an extended period of time. He isn't real abrupt in his cuts and lacks the explosiveness you look for from this position. As a special teams player, he shows grit and enthusiasm. He is also a good tackler and a core contributor in all facets. His best role would be as a No. 3 running back, rather than a No. 2, and a valuable contributor on special teams.