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Bucs activate Eric Wright as they close in on record

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Earlier this week, Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano sounded unsure about activating Eric Wright after his four-game suspension for violating the league’s performance-enhancing substances policy.

Apparently, he’s been convinced that having his best cornerback might help his league-worst pass defense tomorrow against the Falcons, as Wright has been activated.

According to ESPN.com’s Pat Yasinskas, Wright was added back to the 53-man roster and cornerback LeQuan Lewis was released. If they weren’t going to play Wright tomorrow, there would be no point in activating him.

They’ve allowed 4,545 passing yards this season, leaving them 252 short of the league record for most allowed in a single season (set last year by the Packers). The Bucs don’t, however, have Aaron Rodgers to make up for it, which is part of the reason they’re 6-9.

Wright’s $7.75 million salary for next year is no longer guaranteed because of the suspension, so they’ll have to make a long-term decision after this season.

In the short term, they might as well try to not be the worst ever in that particular category.

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10 Responses to “Bucs activate Eric Wright as they close in on record”
  1. 1brocktacular says: Dec 29, 2012 8:58 PM

    i have a feeling that they are gonna play him then either re negotiate his contract(which they shouldnt do!)to a much lower one or dump his pill poppin butt like Talib. This guy has shown NO skills as a corner. Was troubled by the signing from jump. Problems in Detroit and every other place he’s been .Hell, he didnt even get to training camp fully before being arrested for DUI.

  2. buchopeful says: Dec 29, 2012 9:11 PM

    I agree, this guy has big play ability but is no good as a consistent talent… and so many blown tackles too! the only other tackler that was worse was Biggers.

  3. pftstory says: Dec 29, 2012 9:30 PM

    The fact that Ryan, Gonzalez, White and Jones will be on the bench in the second half should help them avoid the “record.”

  4. freemantowilliams says: Dec 29, 2012 9:36 PM

    I’m a bucs fan and I’m pretty sure we will get therefore. It sucks but we still have some bright spots for next year. Hopefully we get some pass rushers in here to help out next year.

  5. 4thqtrsaint says: Dec 29, 2012 9:45 PM

    Well crap. I thought the Saints defense would have that record. Can’t win em all, I guess.

  6. doe22us says: Dec 30, 2012 12:22 AM

    Hey Eric, Anquan wants to know how you doing? Boy, i have never seen a corner get burnt over and over like Boldin did to this guy lol.

  7. randallflagg52 says: Dec 30, 2012 1:14 AM

    Charles Woodson was named the starting NFC cornerback in 2011, the same year the packers held that dubious record.

    That should tell you all that is wrong with the pro bowl.

  8. glynners says: Dec 30, 2012 5:28 AM

    Its a sad day when Eric Wright is your teams best corner

  9. turbo2728 says: Dec 30, 2012 7:08 AM

    Hopefully the only record we break today is the franchise record for total offence.

  10. tpa43 says: Dec 30, 2012 8:46 AM

    One teams garbage is another teams treasure! The lions worst CB is now the Bucs best CB. LOL!

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