Tampa Bay cornerback Eric Wright admits he had “a lot of concern” that the Buccaneers would cut him after his suspension last season voided the guaranteed money on his contract. But now that he and the Bucs have come to terms on a new deal, Wright says people are going to see just how smart the team was to sign him.
Wright told the Tampa Bay Times that he believes the NFL will see this year that he’s one of the league’s elite players.
“I feel like I’m a pretty exceptional player, and the world has yet to see that in its entirety,” Wright said. “I have to just go out there and remain consistent and do whatever I can to help this team win.”
The Buccaneers have made upgrading the cornerback position a major priority this offseason, trading their first-round pick for Darrelle Revis and using their second-round pick on Johnthan Banks. But Wright doesn’t see any reason he wouldn’t be a starter.
“As long as I’m healthy and out here, there’s no way that I’m not a contributor on this team,” Wright said. “That’s the type of competitor I am. That’s how I am in general. I’ve been playing this game for six years, and I’ve been a starter for six years, and that says something about the person I am, the player I am, and where my mind-set is at all times. I don’t see it being any different.”
Now the Bucs just need Wright to play as well as he says he can play.