Buccaneers, Eric Wright agree to reworked contract

AP

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.

25 responses to “Buccaneers, Eric Wright agree to reworked contract

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. .

    ”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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  6. 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.

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

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

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

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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…

  15. 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!!!!!

  16. 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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