Bucs are shopping Eric Wright

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While the Jets may not be “actively” shopping cornerback Darrelle Revis, the team that has been most closely connected to Revis is shopping one of its own cornerbacks.

Per a league source, the Buccaneers are shopping cornerback Eric Wright.

Wright’s contract pays him a $7.75 million base salary for 2013, an amount that no longer is guaranteed due to his four-game suspension in 2012.

The contract Wright signed last year in free agency after leaving the Lions covers four more seasons, with base salaries of $7.25 million in 2014, $7.25 million in 2015, and $7.5 million in 2016.

Given the current cornerback market, Wright surely would have to agree to a dramatically reduced deal in order to facilitate a trade.  Which could mean that he’ll refuse, making it difficult if not impossible to trade him.

In the end, the Bucs may have to just cut him — which then would allow him to sign the best deal he could find on the open market.

43 responses to “Bucs are shopping Eric Wright

  1. I find nothing more irritating then when teams sigh players to deals then 1/2 years into ask to restructure or look for ways to avoid paying it. Its getting out of hand. I understant back loading a 7 year deal so years 5-7 are ubsurdly high but you signed Wright to that deal…. not his problem/

    I completely understand why players blow up for a year or two then ask for new deals… teams have been doing it for years..

    Owners, you have done this to yourselves

  2. Well if nothing else you have to appreciate the audacity and balls of Dominik even trying to trade arguably the most untradeable player in the league. Who wants an overpaid drug addict who is one more positive away from a year long suspension?

  3. well if he doesnt take a pay cut he gets no money its not guaranteed and there are better cbs out of work that will get less then what he would get on the open market

  4. Good luck trading Wright. He is not worth a 1/3 of what you are paying him.

    Signed, Browns Fan

  5. The Lions got a 4th round compesatory pick for him. He was a good player for them and fills a need that was created when he left. Flip Tampa the 4th rounder and come full circle! Or snatch him up when the cut him and get the 4th rounder too. I know he was trouble in Tampa, but the Lions locker room was bad without him there too. So worth the risk.

  6. “billsfan1 says:
    Mar 23, 2013 10:54 AM
    I find nothing more irritating then when teams sigh players to deals then 1/2 years into ask to restructure or look for ways to avoid paying it. Its getting out of hand. I understant back loading a 7 year deal so years 5-7 are ubsurdly high but you signed Wright to that deal…. not his problem/

    I completely understand why players blow up for a year or two then ask for new deals… teams have been doing it for years..

    Owners, you have done this to yourselves”
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    Well said Billsfan1…..that is a side that fans don’t often take.

  7. Exactly right, Wright’s contract is the Bucs problem! In this period when teams are moving and shaking it seems the Bucs are all sell and no buy. Is Rockstar like the rancher they say is “all hat and no cattle”?

  8. Billsfan1 Im not sure you quit understand. The Bucs do not OWE him anything because he breached his contract with a positive test, so if the Bucs dont trade him they will cut him and not have to pay him. Hope that clears it up.

  9. boy was that a bad deal, hes getting revis money when he plays more like bevis. bring him to my redskins, we need all the help we can get, do u also have any Qb’s on the clearance racks too?

  10. The Lions would probably take him back after he gets cut. He played pretty decently for the Lions, which got him that contract in the first place.

    The Bucs are going to end up cutting the guy, though. He’s not worth that kind of money. That contract was a really, really poor decision.

  11. NFL contracts are a big shell game. Whats the point of multi-year deals or even bother reporting beyond what the current year’s take is if the team can just cut players if the player won’t reduce his salary?

    I vote for picking Fantasy Contract teams by position every off-season to see who guesses the best crop of current player contracts actually getting paid out in the following year.

  12. The Lions got a 4th round compesatory pick for him. He was a good player for them and fills a need that was created when he left. Flip Tampa the 4th rounder and come full circle! Or snatch him up when the cut him and get the 4th rounder too. I know he was trouble in Tampa, but the Lions locker room was bad without him there too. So worth the risk.

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    you can’t trade a comp pick, so you couldn’t do that unless they were willing to give up their 4th. but even if they could, if detroit gives up a 4 for this guy at this point, everyone in the FO should be fired

    he won’t take a restructured deal, and will become a FA sooner or later. No team is going to want to touch him, and he’ll latch on somewhere during camp/pre-season when someone goes down on a 1 year deal, 2 million if he is lucky

    If he can get through 2-3 years of that, he’ll get another long term deal. Although I doubt he can.

  13. Kinda hard to post a pic of him in Buccaneer threads when he rarely suited up. These pics are too rare.

  14. Hmm…let me put on my salesman cap:

    Hello fellow GM. I would like to propose a FANTASTIC DEAL. We are looking to trade the best current corner on our roster(this claim used to belong to the legendary EJ Biggers). He is a cover corner who lacks the speed to cover and also lacks the ups to outjump anyone. He also shies away from tackling and isn’t quite a ball hawk either. He like long walks on the beach, underachieving, and Adderall.

    We are offering a 7th round pick plus Wright for your 7th round pick which is a few spots earlier than ours. And if you accept, we’ll laugh in your face. Interested?

  15. goraidersgospurs | Mar 23, 2013, 10:43 ‘ EDT
    guy would be a fool to reduce his pay, NO WAY he gets another contract like that again!!
    …………………………………….
    the bucs can void the contract with wright every minute. they owe him nothing.

  16. How the hell did this guy get that kind of cash in the first place ? He’s never been more than a mediocre cb at best. We used to call him “Burnt Toasr” in Cle …

  17. Just a Fan says:Mar 23, 2013 11:28 AM

    The Lions got a 4th round compesatory pick for him. He was a good player for them and fills a need that was created when he left. Flip Tampa the 4th rounder and come full circle! Or snatch him up when the cut him and get the 4th rounder too. I know he was trouble in Tampa, but the Lions locker room was bad without him there too. So worth the risk.
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    Trade the 4th rounder for a contract carrying base salaries of $7.75 million in 2013, $7.25 million in 2014, $7.25 million in 2015, and $7.5 million in 2016?? I’m glad you’re not the Lions GM.

  18. liner1900 says:Mar 23, 2013 12:17 PM

    Kinda hard to post a pic of him in Buccaneer threads when he rarely suited up. These pics are too rare.
    _______________

    Apparently you’re unfamiliar with google.

  19. Just a Fan says:Mar 23, 2013 11:32 AM

    “billsfan1 says:
    Mar 23, 2013 10:54 AM
    I find nothing more irritating then when teams sigh players to deals then 1/2 years into ask to restructure or look for ways to avoid paying it. Its getting out of hand. I understant back loading a 7 year deal so years 5-7 are ubsurdly high but you signed Wright to that deal…. not his problem/

    I completely understand why players blow up for a year or two then ask for new deals… teams have been doing it for years..

    Owners, you have done this to yourselves”
    ————————————————–
    Well said Billsfan1…..that is a side that fans don’t often take.
    __________________

    Players agree to these contracts and they know what the circumstances are. You don’t need to be a member of Mensa to realize the possibilities.

  20. The Lions got a 4th round compesatory pick for him. He was a good player for them and fills a need that was created when he left. Flip Tampa the 4th rounder and come full circle! Or snatch him up when the cut him and get the 4th rounder too. I know he was trouble in Tampa, but the Lions locker room was bad without him there too. So worth the risk.
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    You can’t trade compensatory picks.

  21. If the Bucs don’t cut him and he isn’t traded and doesn’t restructure……..does his contract become firm again as soon as he completes the 2013 season qualification? Just wondering what all this means option wise.

  22. Mar 23, 2013 3:14 PM liner1900 says:Mar 23, 2013 12:17 PM Kinda hard to post a pic of him in Buccaneer threads when he rarely suited up. These pics artoo rare. _________
    ______ Apparently you’re unfamiliar with google.

    Apparently you have no sense of humor.

  23. At $7 mil a year for a below average corner, he got to have the best agent in the NFL.

    Bucs will cut him.

  24. And this helps Dominik’s leverage with Jets how? Pressure will mount in him to trade that 2013 1st rounder. The guy is not a good GM anyways.

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