Buccaneers bring back Eric Wright on restructured contract
The 2012 season widely believed to be Eric Wright’s first and only year in Tampa Bay after he was suspended four games early in the season for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. Due to the suspension, Tampa Bay Buccaneers also voided the guaranteed money in the initial two seasons of the five-year, $38 million contract he signed with Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a free agent in 2012. Although Eric Wright filed a grievance against the team, it was denied and now he will return in the 2012 season after taking a significant pay cut.
Eric Wright was previously guaranteed $7.75 million in base salary for the 2013 season. But according to the restructured contract, Eric Wright will now earn $1.5 million at minimum in 2013 with the possibility of upgrading it to $3 million. The restructured contract provides Eric Wright with motivation and a lot to prove. Although Eric Wright may be one of the players in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ secondary, he didn’t produce any shinning plays. After serving his four-game suspension last season, Eric Wright played in 10 games for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last season, recording 37 tackles, eight passes defensed one fumble recovery and one interception returned 60 yards for a touchdown.
Although the Tampa Bay Buccaneers reportedly had intentions of trading Eric Wright, it would have left them thin at the secondary. The other option reportedly being considered by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was Eric Wright’s release.
But with the slow market for defensive backs out there and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers finishing worst in the league in terms of pass defense last year, re-signing Eric Wright couldn’t be up for much argument. Despite all, Eric Wright’s still been a decent cornerback and one of the better options at the position.
However, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers could still upgrade at the position by picking a cornerback early in the draft. Moreover, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been for long linked in trade rumors to New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis, whose status down the stretch still remains a big question mark at this point.
Eric Wright has started 81 of 85 games during his six-year NFL career. The 27-year-old Eric Wright joined the league as a second-round pick by the Cleveland Browns in 2007 before signing with the Detroit in 2011.