“Nothing Sweet About” 2012, Says Eric WrightMay 29th, 2013
Eric Wright had what some would call a nightmarish season in 2012, despite perhaps making the Bucs’ play of the year with a thrilling pick-six of Eli Manning win Week 2 at the Meadowlands.
Wright signed a lucrative contract in 2012 to join the Bucs but agreed to a clause that would void his contract if he were suspended by the NFL. That came back to bite Wright in the rear end in a terrible way, as he was busted for popping Adderall and had to cower to Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik for his job back, but at a much-reduced cost.
Wright discussed past, present and future after today’s OTA practice at One Buc Palace.
The interception return for a touchdown against Manning “should have been the play of the year,” Wright said. But the 2012 season, there was “nothing sweet about it, we lost. That’s what we are out here for today and the rest of the offseason and training camp to get ready for the season, to get ready for big things.”
When his contract was renegotiated with the Bucs, “I had no idea about (Revis trade talks),” Wright said. “I’m not sure. Darrelle is a friend of mine; I talk to him but as far as the timing, not too sure. Obviously, [acquiring Revis is] a great move, a great thing for everybody.
“Losing a guy like Ronde [Barber to retirement], that hurts. He was one of my favorite cornerbacks ever. Not having him around will hurt. But bringing in Revis and Dashon [Goldson] and some young guys will help and modes well for us.
“As long as I am healthy and out here, there’s no way I won’t contribute for this team, that’s how I am in general. I have been playing this [NFL] game for six years and starting for six years. That should say something about who I am and the player I am and where my mindset is.
“Of course there was concern [about not being back after suspension]. I am just happy to be out here as a player. I take it as I can contribute to the team. Definitely a place I am happy to be and dealing with coach and the Glazers and Mark Dominik, it is a vote of confidence to be here and to continue my playing career here. I’m grateful for that.”