Bucs Trying To Trade Eric Wright

March 23rd, 2013

Now this is a smart yet futile move, if correct.

If the Bucs do land Darrelle Revis from the Jets, or even another free agent cornerback, the days of Eric Wright with the Bucs are over. Wright, busted for popping Adderall last season by the NFL, had a clause in his contract in which Dominik could void it and cut him if he was suspended for violating the NFL substance policy.

Well, if the creator, curator and overall guru of ProFootballTalk.com, the great Mike Florio’s source is accurate, Wright surely has played his last snap in Tampa Bay.

It seems Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik is trying to trade Wright.

Given the current cornerback market, Wright surely would have to agree to a dramatically reduced deal in order to facilitate a trade. Which could mean that he’ll refuse, making it difficult if not impossible to trade him.

In the end, the Bucs may have to just cut him — which then would allow him to sign the best deal he could find on the open market.

No, there is no friggin’ way Wright is worth anywhere close to his contract. Not when better corners are signing for less than a third of the nearly $8 million the Bucs are on the books (for now) to pay Wright for 2013.

It seemed clear that the only way the Bucs kept Wright was if they couldn’t upgrade the corner position, a position that is woefully inadequate for the NFL.

Does this nugget of news suggest Dominik is confident Revis will be wearing Bucs pewter and red colors this fall? Sure smells that way.

41 Responses to “Bucs Trying To Trade Eric Wright”

  1. Paul Says:

    No chance anyone will trade for him. Must be trying to water down the cb market or something.

  2. Cmurda Says:

    Agree with you JBF. Rock Star must be stockpiling picks knowing he will need them either as part of a trade or for us to use. Either way, it is likely a futile effort but it’s worth a shot. If Dom gets a Slurpee for Wright than he deserves a raise. The wait is worth it if e get Revis. We landed Gold and if we have Mons Revis shutting down their #1, wow. I like where this could be going. I’m really hoping Revis is coming.

  3. Capt. Tim Says:

    Man, I hope so! Revis would cure alot of Buc ills!
    Then still like the idea of signing Marcus Trufant, then drafting Desmond Trufant..
    Then focus on TE, Slot Reciever, RT,DT, DE, and backup RB

  4. Curmudgeon Says:

    There aren’t many examples of CBs who have recovered from ACL injuries to become the player they were before. Still say BIG NO to Revis. I’d take him at a compensation commensurate with his expected decline in performance… say a 3rd rounder to the Jets and 8 million in salary… If I’m Dominik, I’m dropping my offer daily unless the Jets can show that Revis is making an extraordinary recovery.

  5. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    Wright should bring us 2 number 1 picks (1 next year).
    There is a TON of value for a CB who sues his current team.
    Wright gives the phrase “shut down corner” a whole new meaning:)

  6. J 2.0 Says:

    Joe, I respect your opinion, your blog and what you do here, but I can’t get on board with the following statement:

    “Not when better corners are signing for less than a third of his contract.”

    Yes they are making 1/3 of hif contract in some cases, but Wright is worth keeping if he agrees to be restructured. And I applaud Dom for not rushing out to just sign any CB available in FA this year.

    Sean Smith: 5 career INT’s
    Cary Williams: 4 career INT’s
    Keenan Lewis: 1 career INT
    Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie: 16 career INT’s
    Derek Cox: 12 career INT’s
    Antoine Cason: 12 career INT’s
    Eric Wright: 14 career INT’s

    Would I like to see us upgrade CB? YES! Would I like to see us get rid of Wright? YES! But at some point Dom has to weigh out his options. And none of those CB’s listed are significantly better than Wright. If we get Revis, then yes trade/cut Wright, but if not keep him. And try to build through the draft.

  7. 4everBucsFan Says:

    The Best case scenario with Wright is to offer him as trade bait to Miami, and swap first round picks. As of right now Miami is leaning towards drafting a CB with their first pick and they are one position ahead of us. If for some reason we don’t land Revis we should be able to select the second best CB in the draft instead of Miami.

  8. 1976Buc Says:

    LOL Chris. My take is we roll out a whole new defense. Something that’s never been seen before…5 linemen, 4 linebackers and 2 safeties. We won’t even need CB’s.

  9. Adam Says:

    I’m getting tired of the Bucs and this Rudderless Ship.

  10. Bb Says:

    The revis thig won’t happen till June, jets won’t take the big cap hit, just to make us happy, right before draft we give our 2nd 4th, and next years first. So let’s talk about something else till then.

  11. Cannuckbuc Says:

    Hey guys if we were lucky he’s included in Revis deal lol

  12. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:
    March 23rd, 2013 at 11:18 am

    “There is a TON of value for a CB who sues his current team.”

    From what I understood he didn’t sue…he filed an appeal. Which is pretty much standard for all players to do when penalized with fines or such.

    Am I wrong about that? If I’m not, I don’t see the difference between this and a player appealing a suspension.

    As to the story, Florio is low class. He even put Wright in a Lions uniform. And I NEVER believe a story that cannot name its source.

  13. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    And the Revis thing won’t happen at all. It was never going to happen.

  14. Curmudgeon Says:

    To the “rudderless ship” comment-

    It’s 2 weeks into the offseason. Settle down.

  15. Big Marlon B Says:


    If the trade won’t happen til June, how are we gonna trade them the 2nd and 4th pick along with next year’s 1st? The draft will be over, the 2 and 4 will already be spent.

  16. SilenceTheCritics Says:

    I hope we do get revis so nobody will be able to use the defense as an excuse for Free’s problems next year.

  17. Macabee Says:

    “smart, yet futile move”. Talk about nailing it right out of the gate!!!

  18. BuccFanInHawkeyeCountry Says:

    Joe I thought u would like to know that I just got my iphone5 and the first website I went to was Joebucsfan haha. Naw I don’t like this site at all.

  19. Braheem Says:

    How well does Eric play special teams? That will determine whether he lands on another team or the unemployment line. Begs the question on Dominick as a GM for signing him in the first place! Not as if Detroit was a tuff pass defense team when he was there.

  20. Greg Says:

    Another great move by Dominick. I seriously question if anyone in this organization has a clue on how to build a team. We have no defensive line and no corners worth a crap in a pass heavy league. We have NO nose tackle to help rush the passer out of the pocket. No depth at defensive end. But we make up for it by having no corners and a questionable defensive coordinator. Now they are talking about giving up 2 high draft picks for a corner coming off a knee injury an will want 16 million a year? Were killing hope before the season even starts and wondering why season tickets don’t sell.

  21. Greg Says:

    Seriously??? A high draft pick in the first round last year on a safety then a ton of money in free agency on another safety? But no defensive line help??? No corners???

  22. lightningbuc Says:


    How many days are in a week in the world you come from?

  23. Tbuc Says:

    Dom trying to make up for his dumb roster moves.

  24. Curmudgeon Says:

    The offseason I meant starts at the beginning of the league year. Free agency, etc… Don’t be a f**kin’ wisea$$.

  25. john Says:

    look when we signed v jack and carl everyone new they were baddass ballers.

    Everyone also new wright sucked in motown.

    joel please move dom to the administrative dept of one buc place

  26. john Says:

    Greg Says:
    March 23rd, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    this guy greg is the man!!! mate u are so spot on!

  27. Pirate wench Says:

    Greg- agree with every word. Every single one

  28. passthebuc Says:

    And then he said…
    ´Just because you´ve become a young man now
    (Man, now)
    There´s still some things that you don´t understand now
    (Son, now)
    Before you ask Player girl for his hand now
    (My son)
    Keep your freedom for as long as you can now´

    My mama told me…´you better shop around´
    (Shop, shop around) a-whoa-yeah
    You better (uh-huh) shop around
    (Shop, shop around)

    ´There´s some things that I want you to know now
    A just as sure as the winds gonna blow now
    The Players come and the Players gonna go now
    (Uh-huh… ooo)
    Before you tell ´em that you love ´em so now
    My mama told me…´you better shop around´
    (Shop, shop around) whoa-yeah
    You better (uh-huh) shop around
    (Shop, shop around)

    ´A-gotta get yourself a bargain son
    Don´t be sold on the very first one
    A-pretty CB come a dime a dozen
    A-try to find one who´s gonna give ya true lovin´

  29. Aldo Says:

    At this point i dont want revis here…build through the draft and thats it, i preffer 2 solid CBs with upside like Millner, Rhodes, Trufant, Amerson, Banks, Ryan and future CBs coming from the draft…. we can make our own islands, so i say no revis, no more revis talk, just let the jets be the jets and drop with that asshole….

  30. Bucs Fan #238 Says:

    The Bucs strategy is let their starters get signed as free agents and they sign none… just so they can get supplemental picks next year.

    Oh Dom is a savvy guy. He has found a loop hole for 3rd and 4th round supplemental picks.

  31. Bucs Fan #238 Says:

    May as well use that strategy because he sure ain’t trading Wright for much of anything.

  32. BuccFanInHawkeyeCountry Says:

    Lookin at the free agents. We should go get Antoine Winfield and Israel Idonije.

  33. Joe Says:

    Thanks Hawkeye!

  34. Capt. Tim Says:

    Other than Madden players-who believes Wright wants to sign here? Who thinks he would be a happy soldier if he did.

    We just canceled his contract, and took back 12 million dollars guaranteed money. He has his hand on the brass ring, we slapped it off.

    The fact that its his fault, probably won’t occur to him, or he’ll excuse his screw up away!

    Wrights gone. We’ll see if Barber returns. Kinda doubt it.

  35. Cmurda Says:

    All of you guys seem to forget about Myron Lewis. We have Myron Lewis. Myron Lewis baby. We don’t have cornerback issues.

  36. Kalind Says:

    Relax buddy. There are a TON (pun intended) of quality defensive linemen in the draft. Lotulelei followed by a bunch of other guys who are big and can move the pile. Don’t worry there. As for CB, I think Dom has really out maneuvered Idzik. And forced his hand despite the Jets maybe no lover wanting to, they have to. Revis is coming, a drafted CB and a nose. I’m not as worried as a lot of you guys are. The only person I would trust more than Dom with my team is me.

  37. Macabee Says:

    Poetic Justice? Because of our overly generous salary to Mr. Wright, The Lions were appropriately rewarded with a 4th round comp pick. Insult to injury!

  38. Capt. Tim Says:

    Jeez, I forgot about Myron!!

    What am I worried about?

  39. Bucs Fan #238 Says:

    Swear to God I just read this:

    (Rotoworld) The Bucs are hoping new DBs coach Tony Oden can get something out of former third-round pick CB Myron Lewis
    . Analysis: Lewis was selected No. 67 overall in the 2010 draft, but he has been a complete and utter bust since entering the league. The 25-year-old has recorded just 19 tackles, three pass breakups, and zero interceptions over the course of three seasons. Lewis has the prototypical size at 6-foot-2 and 203 pounds that most teams covet, but his toughness and compete level have been subjects of concern. He’s expected to get one more chance this summer.

  40. Bucs Fan #238 Says:

    So now Schiano has orders to ensure all past high draft picks are forced into starting roles.

    This will be a quite interesting 2013 season… Myron Lewis proviing veteran leadership to Xavier Rhodes. I’m gonna love this.

  41. Capt. Tim Says:

    Sooo, finally the genius of Dom’s master plan is unveiled!!

    The answer to our problems is
    *Drum Roll*

    I should have known