As the end of the NFL Draft approach in April, University of Arizona linebacker Scooby Wright thought he was heading back to Arizona for his first professional opportunity.
Though it took longer than expected, and it isn't exactly his first chance, Wright appears as though he's finally coming back to the state in which he spent his college days.
According to multiple reports including an initial report from Mike Jurecki of FoxSports 910, the Arizona Cardinals plan to sign Wright in the wake of an injury to linebacker Deone Bucannon that threatens to keep Bucannon out for the remainder of the season.
Bucannon, the Cardinals' leading tackler and a starting inside linebacker, suffered an ankle injury in Arizona's loss to Miami on Sunday and head coach Bruce Arians said he expects the team will likely place Bucannon on injured reserve.
The potential addition of Wright gives the Cardinals an opportunity to evaluate a linebacker the franchise reportedly considered adding as a free agent after the NFL Draft, but that plan evaporated when the Cleveland Browns selected Wright with the 250th overall pick in the seventh round of the draft.
With three games remaining in the regular season and the Cardinals' playoff nearly gashed, Arizona will have an opportunity to give Wright an extended look to determine whether the franchise wants to keep him in the fold this offseason and potentially extend him an invite to fall camp in 2017.
Wright recorded eight tackles and one quarterback sack during the preseason, but has spent the entire 2016 campaign on Cleveland's practice squad, even as the Browns have struggled to an 0-13 record.
A two-star recruit out of Cardinal Newman High in Northern California, Wright flourished at the University of Arizona where he became the Pat Tillman Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year after a dominant sophomore season in which Wright racked up 163 tackles, 14 sacks and six forced fumbles, leading the Wildcats to the Pac-12 South Division title.
The Cardinals have yet to make the announcement of Wright's signing official, but he tweeted late Tuesday evening that it was "time for work."