Buccaneers reach agreement with cornerback Eric Wright


Free agent cornerback Eric Wright is heading to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Wright, who played last season with the Lions, has reached an agreement with the Buccaneers, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports.

The contract is a five-year deal. There’s no word on the financial terms.

That’s a disappointment to the Lions, who were hoping to keep Wright in the fold. But there wasn’t much of a chance of the Lions out-bidding the Bucs for his services, considering that the Bucs are loaded with cap space and the Lions are in a precarious cap position.

Wright spent the first four seasons of his NFL career with the Cleveland Browns before heading to Detroit last year, and he started all 16 games for the Lions. He’s expected to be a starter for the Buccaneers as well — especially if Aqib Talib’s off-field problems make him unable to play.

Wright checks in at No. 38 on our Free Agent Hot 100.

40 responses to “Buccaneers reach agreement with cornerback Eric Wright

  1. I hope they didnt pay him big money because even though it is a position of need with Talib’s issues and Barber’s retirement considerations, gaping holes remain on both sides of the ball.

  2. He was either great or awful as a Lion. Was hoping he’d coke back and be more consistent, but he can be replaced.

  3. “That’s just my goal from here on out – never put myself in that of position again.”

    to never deadfish again-a lofty goal, indeed

  4. I thought that was the saftey from Chi and I thought that would’ve been a tremendous pickup… Either way, Bucs are going hard in
    FA and looking good. They’ll be good next year.

  5. Not a huge deal, he pissed me off all year playing off coverage giving his man 10 yards of cushion and getting nickeled and dimed the whole way down the feild. Didn’t get burned deep at all though.

  6. He can play well for stretches but will give up big plays and is not a sound tackler.

    Regardless, I always love reading all the rejoicing by fans when teams go crazy with free agent signings. Every single year the anointed champions of the off-season underperform in the regular season. Football is just not that kind of game.

  7. As a lions fan, I didn’t want to see him go—-he’s definitely not a top tier corner, just better than some of the other options on our roster. He’s strong in run support and not afraid to play physical but leave him on an island and he will get burnt deep. I am curious to see the contract, I’m sure it was more than the lions were willing / could afford for his services. Best of luck Eric.

  8. I think this is a solid pick up as long as they didn’t overpay him. Hopefully we’ll know more shortly. I’m also hoping they’re out looking for a new LB because Foster, although he played well at times at the Mike position last year, is more suited for an OLB spot. I’d like to see them pick up Tulloch but I’ve read they’ve been connected to Lofton.

  9. Eric we hate to see you go but you will do will for the Bucs have a good year and stay will.
    I know you had to go the Lions are broke get paid.

    Wish You Will

  10. He got burned by the likes of Boldin and Hines Ward here in Cleveland..then was burned by Meachum and Henderson in both games vs the Saints last yr…good luck Bucs hahaha

  11. They don’t even need Nicks. They just overpaid Zuttah to play backup at this point, unless he plays Center. Defense got shredded last year. Who plays LB? Who Plays S? Talib will be suspended. Who’s the other CB? They’re spending money on positions that are already a strength.

  12. againsville says:
    Mar 14, 2012 8:11 AM
    Bring on nicks and lofton! Time to fill the stadium again bucs fans


    What a joke of a statement. That’s exactly why the NFL shouldn’t have teams in joke cities like Tampa Bay with “fans” that pick and choose which year to follow the team. JOKE. Send Tampa Bay to L.A.

  13. Everyone keeps claiming “he’s avg.” “he’s not a top CB”…That’s FINE the Buc’s know this! They didn’t sign him to “star” money, they desperately needed CB depth. No one wants to see EJ Biggers playing the Nickel CB anymore. If Barber returns or Talib can stay out of prison, adding Claiborne in the draft, Wright is a great addition to a position of need for the Bucs. VJax, Wright, and now potentially Nicks is a great start to the new coaching regime. Nothing to hate on.

  14. The BUCS play the Saints twice a year???? Did the GM watch any of those games or see Drew Brees’ stats vs my Lions? Adios Eric Wright, I’m not sad about this one bit……

  15. Nicks and Tolbert are next. Nicks flew into Tampa last night. Im sure he is meeting at One Buc Place this morning. Tolbert is probably getting some push from VJ as well

  16. Keeping a now average vet like vanderbosh makes no sense at 5 mil this season. now corner has to be addressed on the 1st rd. and when tulloch goes we wont be able to add a player like hightower in the 1st.

  17. Wright is ok, but a five year deal for a guy who is probably a replacement level player? The Bucs must be desperate.

  18. He did a solid job for the Lions after being picked up cheap when the Browns gave up on him. I liked the way he played the run, he wasn’t afraid to tackle people. Mayhew will find another talented guy who has struggled, and he’ll play well behind the Lions pass rush. Smart move by Wright to get a 5 year deal, and smart move by Mayhew. Tampa should do ok as well. This is the way it should be.

  19. Overpaying is giving 35 mil to an aging QB with four neck operations, then give him a physical he cant pass. So you sit him on the bench for a year.
    Now a team will sign him to a new monster deal without a workout or physical. Thats overpaying.

  20. Most of you know nothing about the Bucs, yet consider yourselves experts.

    We needed depth. Those saying we won’t take Mo at #5 now are ignorant. Talib will not even be on the roster in September. It’s his last year and he may get a one year suspension plus jail time. Biggers quit on many plays…most plays.

    Wright is an upgrade…but may also be depth. Mark Dominick likes to double-dip with his first two picks. I would not be one bit surprised if he takes Mo and trades up for Dre.

  21. He wasn’t expected to be a long term Lion… so this isn’t a shock to me. The leos will more than likely draft a CB in the first (or possibly trade up and get one early second) and Wright was going to be the odd man out eventually… and you never pay the odd man out.

    Expect a low level CB signed in free agency like Will Gay (probably even lower) now that the Calvin Extension is happening.

  22. @sizvampire55:
    Bucs fans have always been loyal and there is no way that they will leave tampa. If anyone is going to los angeles, its the jaguars or another one of the teams that has been a bottom feeder for as long as anyone can remember.

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