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Bucs are poised to sever ties with Eric Wright

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When Buccaneers cornerback Eric Wright recently returned from a suspension and faced a fairly aggressive grilling from the local media without a lifeline from the team’s P.R. department, the speculation commenced that the Bucs have decided to move on from one of the three prized members of their free-agent class of 2012.

Earlier this week, the folks at PewterReport.com said that, indeed, Wright likely will be cut before the Bucs launch their offseason workout sessions in April.

And the Bucs can do it while also saving $7.75 million.  Before Wright’s four-game suspension for violating the league’s policy regarding performance-enhancing drugs (reportedly, amphetamines contained in Adderall), Wright’s 2013 salary of $7.75 million for next season was fully guaranteed.  The suspension, we’ve confirmed, voids the guarantee completely.

Of course, the guarantee could become guaranteed again if Wright shows up for offseason workouts and, for example, drops a weight on his foot or pops an Achilles while running at the practice facility.  That’s why it’ll be important to cut him before he has the ability to show up and work out, in any way.

Wright already lost $1.7 million during his suspension.

But it was more than the suspension that apparently is driving the Bucs to move on.  Wright had some sort of illness during the 2012 offseason, which impacted his ability to prepare for his first season with the team.  Then, he was arrested for suspicion of DUI; even though the charges were dropped, it raised more suspicions about whether the Bucs did the right thing.Now, thanks to the term nullifying the guarantee, the Bucs are able to walk away, with only (only?) $5.54 million invested in Wright.The separate question is whether they do him a favor and cut him before the free-agency market opens in March, or whether they try to trade him.  As to the latter possibility, we can’t imagine anyone agreeing to pay him $7.75 million in 2013.

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30 Responses to “Bucs are poised to sever ties with Eric Wright”
  1. 1brocktacular says: Jan 5, 2013 5:59 AM

    a major mistake from the beginning. Good riddance to bad rubbish

  2. pastabelly says: Jan 5, 2013 6:56 AM

    Talib and Wright within months. They’ll be looking for CBs in the draft.

  3. gbpicksix says: Jan 5, 2013 7:26 AM

    It is amazing the amount of talent that goes to waste due to immature decision making involving drugs and alcohol.

  4. vegaskid21 says: Jan 5, 2013 7:35 AM

    Failed experiment!

  5. randallflagg52 says: Jan 5, 2013 7:38 AM

    A team weak at corner depth cutting their best, although overpaid player?

    Good luck next year tampa…

  6. bigjd says: Jan 5, 2013 7:45 AM

    It amazes me that some of these guys take the risk to lose so much money.

  7. madtownthrowdown says: Jan 5, 2013 7:49 AM

    Somehow i see a new deal being worked out with Oakland or Dallas.

  8. howiefeltersnatch says: Jan 5, 2013 8:09 AM

    I think Cleveland traded up to draft this guy in the second round. A tiger can’t shed its stripes. He had issues coming out of UNLV

  9. matt2calvin says: Jan 5, 2013 8:12 AM

    He will be even more appealing to the Lions now…

  10. voiceofreason says: Jan 5, 2013 8:27 AM

    As long as the Lions don’t re-sign him….this dude was a bum in coverage.

  11. sportfanz says: Jan 5, 2013 8:48 AM

    Would love to see the Bucs do the right thing. You can bet the Cowboys will show some interest… He’ll get along great with Dez!

  12. richieranger says: Jan 5, 2013 8:54 AM

    Unbelievable…..guy had the opportunity of a lifetime….can always work in a supermarket!

  13. lks311 says: Jan 5, 2013 9:17 AM

    In a year of multiple disappointments, the Detroit Lions dodge ONE Bullet. The guy’s a decent player, but, 8 million dollars was never his worth.

  14. tpa43 says: Jan 5, 2013 9:17 AM

    Another huge mistake by the Glazers!

  15. cannonballdookie says: Jan 5, 2013 9:41 AM

    well this guy has Detroit Lions written all over him.
    I think he did play there recently though.

  16. rajbais says: Jan 5, 2013 9:57 AM

    How about Josh Freeman?

    He’s the most absolved season ruiner in the NFL.

  17. andyreidsbossoms says: Jan 5, 2013 10:00 AM

    It’s the wright move

  18. ubepunkedagain says: Jan 5, 2013 10:25 AM

    I can’t see how this guy has a job in the NFL period, has anyone actually watched him? He sucks! That is why they are getting rid of him, and has nothing to do with his suspension. At least they realized their mistake and are cutting him.

  19. sportfanz says: Jan 5, 2013 10:35 AM

    I can see him in a helmet with a star on it now… If anyone can save him Jerry can… The best GM in the NFL just ask his boss!

  20. dcbrave says: Jan 5, 2013 10:40 AM

    Redskins could use him. He’ll get another shot somewhere.

  21. ubepunkedagain says: Jan 5, 2013 10:47 AM

    I don’t think some of you realize how bad this guy is. You will regret the day he puts a uniform on for your team. The dude is toast and has the worst cover skills ever. Oh, you want him to tackle..forget that. WRs routinely have career days against Chump Wright.

  22. theclesteamer says: Jan 5, 2013 11:05 AM

    This guy got burned in CLE time after time. Just based on his play alone, wth was Tampa thinking?!

  23. baloneyjohn says: Jan 5, 2013 11:36 AM

    The BUCS are sinking once again to John McKay status.
    They stink, the owners are oblivious and Freeman IS NOT the answer.

  24. metzgerf says: Jan 5, 2013 11:46 AM

    People are talking about Wright being a “prized member” of the Bucs’ free-agent signings, but nobody talked that highly of him when Detroit signed him the previous year. To me, that means that everyone is still overlooking the Lions (as usual), or Eric Wright must have done something right when he was in Detroit in order to get consideration as a prized free agent signing. I think it’s a little bit of both.

  25. milkmandanimal says: Jan 5, 2013 11:58 AM

    I’m a Bucs fan, and he’s possibly the best cover guy they have. That’s not a compliment to Wright nearly as much as an indictment of what has to be one of the most godawful CB groups in NFL history (seriously, how the @#$!! does E.J. Biggers keep his job).

    There has to be somebody vaguely decent who can cover a receiver who wants to come to Tampa, right? Maybe Wright or Biggers can switch places with vendors and sell hot dogs and beer while those guys can come out and fail to cover anybody. I swear we won’t notice the difference.

  26. gogatorsjohn says: Jan 5, 2013 12:11 PM

    Players/their agents using the disguise of ‘adderall’ is funny. He got what he deserved. Stinks because he and Aqib left the Bucs in a horrible position at the DB spot and contributed to having the worst pass defense in the NFL.

  27. thegregwitul says: Jan 5, 2013 12:43 PM

    Outside of that incredible pick six against Eli and the Giants, Wright has been a waste in Tampa. Going into the offseason last year, I was hoping the Bucs would sign Brandon Carr, but at least they were able to grab Carl Nicks and Vincent Jackson. With Nicks and Davin Joseph at full strength next season and some new CBs (I like Sean Smith if Miami doesn’t work out a contract or franchise him) and a couple other pieces added to the defense (Glazers moved forward money on both Jackson and Nicks contract to open up more cap space for this offseason) and the Bucs should bounce back next year. Josh Freeman should be more consistent working with the same offense for the second year in a row for the first time in his career.

    But it’s time to show Eric Weight the door. Massive disappointment who will be lucky to see a third of that money on the open market.

  28. ballboy48 says: Jan 5, 2013 12:45 PM

    I remember watching this guy get burned in Cleveland, time after time. He was always scared to tackle people, As well.

  29. juanhughjazz says: Jan 5, 2013 4:00 PM

    He played well in Detroit. 4 interceptions, a forced fumble, and 71 tackles. Probably part of the reason Detroit got so few defensive turnovers this year.

  30. kevinb73 says: Jan 15, 2013 4:54 PM

    We said “good riddance” to Akib Talib and now we get to watch him play in the AFC championship and he’s praised for turning the Patriots secondary around. I’m wondering if our decision to get rid of him was such a “great idea” despite his off-the field issues. Don’t be so quick to write people off. They seem to go elsewhere and do pretty good sometimes.

    Commence the thumb-downs and rebuttals.

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