Coming Days Could Dictate Eric Wright’s FutureMarch 8th, 2013
Last fall by far the most common question Joe fielded from readers and fans was, “When are the Bucs going to sign Stanford Routt? (Sigh)
In recent weeks, easily the most common question Joe fields from readers and fans is, “When are the Bucs going to cut Eric Wright?”
Joe usually responds, “Why, are you planning a party?”
Well, for the people with pitchforks and lit torches marching in front of One Buc Palace demanding the carcass of Wright, Joe has some news. The next two weeks will likely determine if Wright is brought back for another season, or is released to the mob in the streets.
Woody Cummings of the Tampa Tribune notes that if Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik signs a free agent corner, Wright’s chances of staying with the Bucs is grim. And another move could seal his fate for certain, so Cummings wrights in a Bucs TBO Q&A.
Q. Bucs definitely need to dump (Eric) Wright, let Ronde (Barber) move back to corner and go after both free agents & top draft prospects.
Paul H. Hessler
A. I see your point and I think the Bucs may be leaning that way. However, they have to be prudent here. If they can land a starting-caliber CB in free agency that will increase the chances Wright is let go before the draft. If they can land two starting-caliber corners in free agency it’s almost certain Wright will be let go before the draft. But what if the Bucs strike out in their pursuit of free agent corners and don’t cut a deal for Darrelle Revis? Then they may have no choice but to keep Wright around. Wright’s fate will almost certainly be determined by what the Bucs do in free agency and the draft. That’s why it may be a while before his fate is known.
Here one thing about keeping Wright. While he has replaced Myron Lewis as the most hated Bucs player (Bucs fans always have to have a player to hate), the Bucs had a winning record the when Wright was available.
Here’s another angle to ponder: Surely Wright’s agent knew Dominik could have jettisoned his client just after the season, voiding the second year of the contract because he was busted popping Adderall. There could be a chance Wright, who on Twitter has professed his desire to remain in Tampa Bay, directed his agent to rework his contract to a very team-friendly deal in order to remain employed.
If Dominik could keep Wright at a very low cost/incentive-laden pact, what’s the harm so long as Dominik continues to stockpile corners both in free agency and the draft?
So it may be a while before you can go out and buy your party hats, favors and kazoos.