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Buccaneers, Eric Wright agree to reworked contract

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The Buccaneers and cornerback Eric Wright have reached a new contract for 2013, the team said Tuesday.

According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Wright is taking a major paycut, with his new deal for 2013 worth $1.5 million at minimum and $3 million at maximum.

Wright was guaranteed $7.75 million in salary in 2013, but a four-game suspension a season ago made that null-and-void. Wright reportedly lost a grievance on the matter — and thus lost half of the guaranteed money he was due in the five-year, $38 million deal he signed with Tampa Bay in 2012.

At one point, the club was willing to consider dealing Wright, who had something of disappointing first season with the Buccaneers, but his departure would have left the secondary quite thin at cornerback. As it stands, the Buccaneers could still stand to add another player or two at the position; they have been the team most linked to the Jets’ Darrelle Revis as speculation swirls around one of the game’s top cornerbacks.

The 27-year-old Wright recorded 37 tackles and intercepted one pass for Tampa Bay in 2012. He has started 81 games in six NFL seasons. A second-round pick of the Browns in 2007, Wright played four seasons in Cleveland before joining Detroit for 2011.

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25 Responses to “Buccaneers, Eric Wright agree to reworked contract”
  1. kwjsb says: Apr 9, 2013 7:04 PM

    Dude should have come home and give the Browns depth, Maybe mentor Millner with Haden.

  2. stereocenter says: Apr 9, 2013 7:08 PM

    kwjsb, I don’t know about you, but I remember watching Wright when he was in Cleveland and more than any other player on defense, he would cause me to shake my head in disgust. I don’t think I can count on two hands how many times I watched him get beat on a route.

  3. kwjsb says: Apr 9, 2013 7:15 PM

    The problem he had was he was always on the #1, with Haden on the #1 he will be adequate until Millner gets up to speed, then he is your nickel back where he would be solid, unless you really like Buster Skrine.

  4. noburghfan says: Apr 9, 2013 7:20 PM

    The Buc’s and Wright , good pairing !

  5. ubepunkedagain says: Apr 9, 2013 7:43 PM

    Dude flat out sucks. He can’t cover, catch or tackle. He never gets his head turned around when the ball is in the air, gets beat badly often. Not sure how any NFL scout recommended this guy. That contract was a joke and if he is a starting cb for any one, good chance is their D will suck.

  6. bouchez9393 says: Apr 9, 2013 7:43 PM

    For 3 mill a year max, great move, he’s got something to prove he’ll play hard hoping for another payday next year

  7. bucrightoff says: Apr 9, 2013 7:44 PM

    I mean I wanted him gone, but for a max of $3 million I guess its good to have someone who’s a bad CB as opposed to any of the future busboys currently playing CB.

  8. jjb0811 says: Apr 9, 2013 7:44 PM

    3 teams in 6 years….Journeyman.

  9. thegreatgabbert says: Apr 9, 2013 7:49 PM

    The contract got reworked. Eric just got “worked”.

  10. milkmandanimal says: Apr 9, 2013 7:54 PM

    As a fan, there’s not much difference to me between a guy who can’t cover for $5 million and a guy who can’t cover for $1.5 million.

  11. 6ball says: Apr 9, 2013 8:12 PM

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    ”his departure would have left the Bucs quite thin at cornerback. ”

    They’re filming ” Dances with Wolves 2” in the Tampa secondary because it’s like the prairie back there.

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  12. mjkelly77 says: Apr 9, 2013 8:14 PM

    Actually the Lions took Wright off of the Cleveland scrap heap and turned him into a decent corner. Maybe it was the team camaraderie or system because after the Bucs signed him to a big contract, he sucked again. He was pretty stupid to blow $6 million in guaranteed money. Hopefully he’ll earn his money.

  13. tpa43 says: Apr 9, 2013 8:29 PM

    The Browns dumped him and the Lions dumped him. Glad at least one team in the NFL is willing to pay for his services.

  14. mjkelly77 says: Apr 9, 2013 8:48 PM

    tpa43 says:Apr 9, 2013 8:29 PM

    The Browns dumped him and the Lions dumped him. Glad at least one team in the NFL is willing to pay for his services.
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    The Lions didn’t dump him. They just didn’t think he was worth the kind of money that the Bucs were waving at him. The Lions were thin at CB due to injuries. They had to play wide receivers as conerbacks last year against Green Bay.

  15. leeeroooyjeeenkiiins says: Apr 9, 2013 9:10 PM

    Considering the corner we forced ourselves into by putting all our eggs in the Revis basket while watching decent veterans get signed to cheap 1 year contracts left and right, this is about the best we could do at this point.

    Personally I’d like to see us demand no more than a 2nd and 3rd for Revis and if the Jets refuse, just let them lose him for nothing and draft a rookie CB. Sign Revis next offseason(if he proves he’s even healthy) or perhaps even someone a little less talented but a lot cheaper. Unfortunately I have a bad feeling that either the Glazers are forcing this to happen or Dominik is desperate to ensure a playoff trip in order to potentially save his job.

  16. cmdrsmooth says: Apr 9, 2013 9:27 PM

    Looks like Bucs called Jets bluff. Now Jets have no leverage..(things NY Media will say)

  17. miguelelmagnifico says: Apr 9, 2013 9:37 PM

    With the money the Bucs just saved they should sign Eric Winston at RT. He said he would sign cheap.

    That would help them in the draft to focus on Star Lotulelei, Sharrif Floyd or Sheldon Richardson in their 1st round.

    CB’s in the 2nd and 3rd.

  18. ubepunkedagain says: Apr 9, 2013 9:51 PM

    Actually the Lions took Wright off of the Cleveland scrap heap and turned him into a decent corner. Maybe it was the team camaraderie or system because after the Bucs signed him to a big contract, he sucked again.
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    This is some funny stuff right here^^ Thanks for the laugh.

  19. shaggyjeff says: Apr 9, 2013 9:58 PM

    Lmao @ the jets…Now we trade up and get Milliner …

    pound sand Idzik !

  20. voiceofreason says: Apr 9, 2013 9:58 PM

    Eric Wright is awesome. signed: not Lions fans.

  21. jj871 says: Apr 9, 2013 9:59 PM

    Why are Browns fans even commenting on this guy? Are you really still bitter about an athlete going to play elsewhere?

    Oh ya, that’s right, it’s Cleveland.

  22. 1bucfan says: Apr 9, 2013 10:24 PM

    Like it or not….He is better than what we had…hope the addition to Goldson and possibly Revis will place the Bucs back in the playoffs…

  23. kenstabler says: Apr 9, 2013 11:21 PM

    Buc’s, go to the draft. Look what happened to the Eagles with Asomughawhateverhappend when they took him from the raiders.

    Do not give up the picks!!!!!

  24. meandjuliojonesdownbytheschoolyard says: Apr 9, 2013 11:34 PM

    Glad they got this done. Revis, Wright, Barber and high drafted DB. I’ll take it.

  25. dwntwnbadboy19 says: Apr 10, 2013 2:37 AM

    Wright is no more than #2 or #3 corner. Maybe in some nickel packages he can be decent? But that being said, Barron and Golston holding down safety position, might make an average corner look good. He still best corner on my pathetic secondary. Sad but true

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