Eric Wright: Bucs Won’t Trade MeApril 12th, 2013
Troubled Bucs cornerback Eric Wright took to his blog today to explain what happened behind the scenes when the Bucs threatened to void his pact and he filed a grievance and ended up signing with the Bucs at a very reduced rate.
Wright is emphatic that all he wanted to do was stay in Tampa Bay. His mission was accomplished with, he said, a promise from Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik and coach Greg Schiano:
The Bucs won’t trade Wright.
While we were restructuring, I got a chance to talk to Coach Schiano and Mark Dominik, and I frankly asked if a restructure would mean me possibly getting traded. They told me that would not happen. They told me that they wanted me. Telling me they want me to be there and they’re not thinking about trading me, that meant a lot to me. They opened the door for the restructure to happen, so I obviously was ready to take the pay cut to stay and prove myself.
I’m glad that we are where we are now. Everything is settled, and everybody is on the same page and looking forward to this next season. The business side of it is done now, so it’s all about football. It’s all about playing. It’s all about winning.
As far as that goes, we have a great young team. We’re finally putting things together to show the rest of the league that we’re contenders. I think there’s the potential for us to take a big step this year. We’re coming back with the same core guys, and we all know what to expect and what coach expects out of us now. I think everybody is eager to get back into it, get into mini-camp, training camp and offseason workouts, and work toward a common goal.
If nothing else, this is a pretty savvy move by Wright, as he has to know the Bucs were bummed about last year in a big way, and fans even more so.
Joe knows for a fact the Bucs were disappointed with Wright when, he chose to stay in California rather than earn a $250,000 bonus to work out in the offseason in Tampa. That didn’t go over so well at One Buc Palace.
If you read Wright’s entire post, it doesn’t appear he will repeat that move.