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Buccaneers reach agreement with cornerback Eric Wright

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson cannot catch the ball against the defense of the Detroit Lions cornerback Eric Wright (L) in the first half during their NFL football game in Green Bay, Wisconsin Reuters

Free agent cornerback Eric Wright is heading to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Wright, who played last season with the Lions, has reached an agreement with the Buccaneers, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports.

The contract is a five-year deal. There’s no word on the financial terms.

That’s a disappointment to the Lions, who were hoping to keep Wright in the fold. But there wasn’t much of a chance of the Lions out-bidding the Bucs for his services, considering that the Bucs are loaded with cap space and the Lions are in a precarious cap position.

Wright spent the first four seasons of his NFL career with the Cleveland Browns before heading to Detroit last year, and he started all 16 games for the Lions. He’s expected to be a starter for the Buccaneers as well — especially if Aqib Talib’s off-field problems make him unable to play.

Wright checks in at No. 38 on our Free Agent Hot 100.

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40 Responses to “Buccaneers reach agreement with cornerback Eric Wright”
  1. breadslicer says: Mar 14, 2012 8:06 AM

    Ideal ‘character’ for the Bucs. He’ll fit right in.

  2. ajknox88 says: Mar 14, 2012 8:07 AM

    Good job Bucs, its a great signing.
    Sad face for me though I’m a Lions fan

  3. isetheskyonfire says: Mar 14, 2012 8:08 AM

    so now the bucs have v-jax and now wright to go with talib the bucs are gettin better but those linebacker needs are still an issue

  4. footballfan292 says: Mar 14, 2012 8:10 AM

    Bucs aren’t fooling around this year. They are spending cash.

    Carl Nicks will be next according to some sources.

  5. turbodog1027 says: Mar 14, 2012 8:10 AM

    The Yucks will always suck.

  6. againsville says: Mar 14, 2012 8:11 AM

    Bring on nicks and lofton! Time to fill the stadium again bucs fans

  7. lolb23 says: Mar 14, 2012 8:11 AM

    He’s average.

  8. bucfaninil says: Mar 14, 2012 8:12 AM

    we definitely need to address LB after Nicks

  9. greenpacker says: Mar 14, 2012 8:12 AM

    I hope they didnt pay him big money because even though it is a position of need with Talib’s issues and Barber’s retirement considerations, gaping holes remain on both sides of the ball.

  10. blueintown says: Mar 14, 2012 8:14 AM

    R.I.P., Eazy-E.

  11. primetime0552 says: Mar 14, 2012 8:17 AM

    He was either great or awful as a Lion. Was hoping he’d coke back and be more consistent, but he can be replaced.

  12. dg0122 says: Mar 14, 2012 8:17 AM

    “That’s just my goal from here on out – never put myself in that of position again.”

    to never deadfish again-a lofty goal, indeed

  13. dkrauss93 says: Mar 14, 2012 8:24 AM

    I thought that was the saftey from Chi and I thought that would’ve been a tremendous pickup… Either way, Bucs are going hard in
    FA and looking good. They’ll be good next year.

  14. jamezz23 says: Mar 14, 2012 8:24 AM

    Not a huge deal, he pissed me off all year playing off coverage giving his man 10 yards of cushion and getting nickeled and dimed the whole way down the feild. Didn’t get burned deep at all though.

  15. slowclyde86 says: Mar 14, 2012 8:33 AM

    He can play well for stretches but will give up big plays and is not a sound tackler.

    Regardless, I always love reading all the rejoicing by fans when teams go crazy with free agent signings. Every single year the anointed champions of the off-season underperform in the regular season. Football is just not that kind of game.

  16. stl45fan says: Mar 14, 2012 8:37 AM

    Now the Bucs can go to Richardson in the draft.

  17. nflfollower says: Mar 14, 2012 8:37 AM

    As a lions fan, I didn’t want to see him go—-he’s definitely not a top tier corner, just better than some of the other options on our roster. He’s strong in run support and not afraid to play physical but leave him on an island and he will get burnt deep. I am curious to see the contract, I’m sure it was more than the lions were willing / could afford for his services. Best of luck Eric.

  18. jlovelac says: Mar 14, 2012 8:39 AM

    I think this is a solid pick up as long as they didn’t overpay him. Hopefully we’ll know more shortly. I’m also hoping they’re out looking for a new LB because Foster, although he played well at times at the Mike position last year, is more suited for an OLB spot. I’d like to see them pick up Tulloch but I’ve read they’ve been connected to Lofton.

  19. Soulman45 says: Mar 14, 2012 8:44 AM

    Eric we hate to see you go but you will do will for the Bucs have a good year and stay will.
    I know you had to go the Lions are broke get paid.

    Wish You Will
    Soulman45

  20. dredddog says: Mar 14, 2012 8:48 AM

    He got burned by the likes of Boldin and Hines Ward here in Cleveland..then was burned by Meachum and Henderson in both games vs the Saints last yr…good luck Bucs hahaha

  21. arm57romg says: Mar 14, 2012 8:50 AM

    They don’t even need Nicks. They just overpaid Zuttah to play backup at this point, unless he plays Center. Defense got shredded last year. Who plays LB? Who Plays S? Talib will be suspended. Who’s the other CB? They’re spending money on positions that are already a strength.

  22. bucforever says: Mar 14, 2012 8:50 AM

    Looking better ! Still lots of holes to plug. Get some help on the O line . Freeman still needs better protection.

  23. cheapseater says: Mar 14, 2012 8:54 AM

    Rams got Finnegan
    Bucs got Wright

    Mo Claiborne slides to #7 in the draft?

  24. sizvampire55 says: Mar 14, 2012 8:58 AM

    againsville says:
    Mar 14, 2012 8:11 AM
    Bring on nicks and lofton! Time to fill the stadium again bucs fans

    ___________________________________

    What a joke of a statement. That’s exactly why the NFL shouldn’t have teams in joke cities like Tampa Bay with “fans” that pick and choose which year to follow the team. JOKE. Send Tampa Bay to L.A.

  25. sabotage2u says: Mar 14, 2012 9:04 AM

    Everyone keeps claiming “he’s avg.” “he’s not a top CB”…That’s FINE the Buc’s know this! They didn’t sign him to “star” money, they desperately needed CB depth. No one wants to see EJ Biggers playing the Nickel CB anymore. If Barber returns or Talib can stay out of prison, adding Claiborne in the draft, Wright is a great addition to a position of need for the Bucs. VJax, Wright, and now potentially Nicks is a great start to the new coaching regime. Nothing to hate on.

  26. burnzy32 says: Mar 14, 2012 9:06 AM

    The BUCS play the Saints twice a year???? Did the GM watch any of those games or see Drew Brees’ stats vs my Lions? Adios Eric Wright, I’m not sad about this one bit……

  27. bucfansouthtampa says: Mar 14, 2012 9:11 AM

    Nicks and Tolbert are next. Nicks flew into Tampa last night. Im sure he is meeting at One Buc Place this morning. Tolbert is probably getting some push from VJ as well

  28. upyoursnfu says: Mar 14, 2012 9:11 AM

    Easy-E

  29. lionking1071 says: Mar 14, 2012 9:14 AM

    Keeping a now average vet like vanderbosh makes no sense at 5 mil this season. now corner has to be addressed on the 1st rd. and when tulloch goes we wont be able to add a player like hightower in the 1st.

  30. jeffchadwick says: Mar 14, 2012 9:18 AM

    Wright is ok, but a five year deal for a guy who is probably a replacement level player? The Bucs must be desperate.

  31. bucsfan90 says: Mar 14, 2012 9:22 AM

    Not familiar, but a body us better than nothing.

  32. cwmorga says: Mar 14, 2012 9:33 AM

    As a Saints fan I approve of this signing….

  33. tpa43 says: Mar 14, 2012 9:35 AM

    He is not in jail?

  34. conormacleod says: Mar 14, 2012 9:42 AM

    Has anybody NOT been overpaid to this point?

  35. golions1 says: Mar 14, 2012 9:55 AM

    He did a solid job for the Lions after being picked up cheap when the Browns gave up on him. I liked the way he played the run, he wasn’t afraid to tackle people. Mayhew will find another talented guy who has struggled, and he’ll play well behind the Lions pass rush. Smart move by Wright to get a 5 year deal, and smart move by Mayhew. Tampa should do ok as well. This is the way it should be.

  36. bucfansouthtampa says: Mar 14, 2012 10:04 AM

    Overpaying is giving 35 mil to an aging QB with four neck operations, then give him a physical he cant pass. So you sit him on the bench for a year.
    Now a team will sign him to a new monster deal without a workout or physical. Thats overpaying.

  37. petedutcher says: Mar 14, 2012 10:25 AM

    Most of you know nothing about the Bucs, yet consider yourselves experts.

    We needed depth. Those saying we won’t take Mo at #5 now are ignorant. Talib will not even be on the roster in September. It’s his last year and he may get a one year suspension plus jail time. Biggers quit on many plays…most plays.

    Wright is an upgrade…but may also be depth. Mark Dominick likes to double-dip with his first two picks. I would not be one bit surprised if he takes Mo and trades up for Dre.

  38. cmutimmah says: Mar 14, 2012 11:12 AM

    He wasn’t expected to be a long term Lion… so this isn’t a shock to me. The leos will more than likely draft a CB in the first (or possibly trade up and get one early second) and Wright was going to be the odd man out eventually… and you never pay the odd man out.

    Expect a low level CB signed in free agency like Will Gay (probably even lower) now that the Calvin Extension is happening.

  39. geo91 says: Mar 14, 2012 12:46 PM

    He’s as average as they come, not upset to see him leave

  40. tampabayalltheway says: Mar 14, 2012 8:18 PM

    @sizvampire55:
    Bucs fans have always been loyal and there is no way that they will leave tampa. If anyone is going to los angeles, its the jaguars or another one of the teams that has been a bottom feeder for as long as anyone can remember.

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