Free-agent cornerback Eric Wright won't re-sign with the Browns because he has agreed to a one-year deal with the Detroit Lions, according to reports.
Wright, 26, has played for the Browns in every season since they drafted him in the second round (53rd overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft. He established a reputation as a solid cover corner, though he regressed last season.
The departure of Wright leaves the Browns with only two cornerbacks, Joe Haden and Sheldon Brown, who have significant starting experience in the NFL. Versatile defensive back Mike Adams is on the roster, but General Manager Tom Heckert said Adams will primarily play safety in 2011.
Browns safety T.J. Ward was hoping Wright would return to Cleveland.
"I've talked to E," Ward said Tuesday. "I'm sure he'd love to be back here. We fit great. I think we were a great secondary last year. We had great cohesion. I mean, I would love for him to be back."
Wright started 55 of the 59 games in which he appeared with the Browns. He compiled 251 tackles, one sack and nine interceptions.