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Bucs host Bridgewater; sign S Wright, WR Hawkins

TAMPA — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers had one eye focused on free agency on Monday, while the other was clearly focused on the draft.

The Bucs added depth at safety and wide receiver by signing veterans Major Wright and Lavelle Hawkins on Monday, the same day they visited with quarterback prospect Teddy Bridgewater at One Buc Place.

A third-round pick of the Bears out of Florida in 2010, Wright started 42 of the 43 games he played the past three years, including 15 games for Chicago last year.

During that span he worked mostly at strong safety, where he intercepted nine passes and broke up 18 others while recording 172 tackles and forcing three fumbles. He also scored three touchdowns.

Hawkins is a seven-year veteran out of California, where he played for new Bucs offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford. He has played in just 11 NFL games with one start the past two years and has 71 career catches.

The team waived linebacker Marvin Booker.

Bridgewater, meanwhile, is considered by many NFL scouts to be the quarterback prospect most ready to step in and play at the NFL level. He completed 303 of 427 passes (71 percent) for 3,970 yards and 31 touchdowns as a junior for Louisville last season.

Each NFL team is allowed to bring as many as 30 prospects to its team headquarters for pre-draft visits. The visits, though, do not include on-field workouts.

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