Bucs “Clearly Want To Keep” Eric WrightApril 7th, 2013
If Joe knew of a connected Hollywood producer, he’d pitch either a reality series or a soap opera after the Bucs offseason filled with cornerbacks twists and turns.
Will Darrelle Revis be traded to the Bucs or not? Will Eric Wright remain with the Bucs or not? Will Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik sign a free agent cornerback? How many corners will Dominik select in the draft, less than three weeks away?
Each and every day brings a new twist to the aforementioned questions. And Bucs fans continue to abuse their bodies in an effort to try to get past the draft, many angry beyond words Dominik hasn’t signed a lawn chair with a pulse, preferably with a name fans recognize so they can rest a bit easier at night.
Now comes word, typed by the fingertips of Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, that the Bucs allegedly want to keep Bucs’ fans favorite player of the offseason, Wright.
It’s no surprise CB Eric Wright dropped by One Buc Place to chat with GM Mark Dominik and Schiano about their plans for 2013. Wright’s $7.75 million salary is no longer guaranteed and he will need to restructure that deal to remain with the team. But given the shrinking pool of free agent cornerbacks, the Bucs clearly want to keep Wright. Had he been in this free agent group of corners — sans Adderal suspension — Wright would’ve been ranked higher than many.
The only question for Schiano was whether he can count on him to be there on Sundays.
“He has been (reliable),” Schiano said. “So he had some things that tripped him up, but he has been a reliable player. Not only here but at other places where coaches on our staff have been with him. If I didn’t feel we were good there, we would’ve already separated.
This is certainly an about face from what Joe learned just after the 2012 season. Joe was told by a suit it was a virtual certainly Wright was going to get cut because Dominik had leverage on him; Wright’s contract could be voided thanks to him popping Adderall and getting busted for it last year.
Joe is starting to believe Wright’s tenure with the Bucs depends solely on what happens with the alleged Revis trade to Tampa Bay.