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Eric Wright’s grievance on voiding of guaranteed money denied

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The Buccaneers’ plan to cut cornerback Eric Wright was put on hold when Wright filed a grievance challenging the voiding of his $7.75 guaranteed salary for the 2013 season.

They can now proceed with their plan. Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune reports that the NFL has told the team that the grievance has been denied and his contract has indeed been voided. That expected result means the Bucs can release Wright without any financial penalty, although their timing on that decision will likely be impacted by their ability to sign a cornerback to replace Wright in the lineup.

Wright could conceivably remain in Tampa with a smaller salary should the Bucs decide to work things out that way. The one thing that’s all but certain is that he won’t be making $7.75 million in 2013.

Wright’s guarantee was voided because of his four-game suspension for violating the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy, which is allowed under the CBA. Wright challenged that ruling based on the language in his contract, but the league did not agree with his interpretation.

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11 Responses to “Eric Wright’s grievance on voiding of guaranteed money denied”
  1. mrsandusky says: Mar 15, 2013 3:28 PM

    Clearly Goodell isn’t down with NWA

  2. dionoil says: Mar 15, 2013 3:29 PM

    From his point of view, it was worth a shot.

  3. thirtyrackdash says: Mar 15, 2013 3:31 PM

    Slimy move but rules are rules

  4. steelerben says: Mar 15, 2013 3:33 PM

    Wright could conceivably remain in Tampa with a smaller salary should the Bucs decide to work things out that way.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    I’d love to listen to the negotiation on that one.

  5. bigginfragable says: Mar 15, 2013 3:38 PM

    Good. Now we can take that cask and use it to sign Grimes

  6. bigginfragable says: Mar 15, 2013 3:39 PM

    Cash. I meant cash.

  7. ksmith013 says: Mar 15, 2013 4:09 PM

    Even more money now…finish Revis deal and get Grimes. Might as well go big!

  8. bouchez9393 says: Mar 15, 2013 4:17 PM

    Trade a 2nd rounder and 5th rounder and wright for Revis!

  9. silvestregonzalez74 says: Mar 15, 2013 4:43 PM

    Man how does this guy keep getting huge contracts in free agency for the last 3years (DET,TB).the only thing that doesn’t add up like his contracts is his play.

  10. napalmfingers says: Mar 15, 2013 4:50 PM

    There are still too many free agent corners that we could sign that’d be better options than Wright. He played horribly last season, and being able to void his contract is like a mulligan.

    I also hate the “Revis & Grimes” mentality. Signing two high-priced corners coming off of major knee injuries sounds like a good idea to you people? This draft isn’t particularly deep at corner, but the top 3 guys look like phenomenal talents and we’re in a great position to land one at 13; I think that’s why the front office is so reluctant to offer it in the Revis deal.

  11. johnelwayishorsefaced says: Mar 15, 2013 8:24 PM

    Come back to Detroit!

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