Eric Wright Not Gone Yet

March 18th, 2013

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Though the fervor for Eric Wright’s head has calmed down in recent days upon learning Wright lost his grievance against the Bucs for a contract clause stating Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik could cut him for popping Adderall, an NFL banned substance, Bucs fans still pine for Wright to be jettisoned.

Prior to that news, Joe was inundated with queries daily about when the Bucs were going to cut him.

In short, not yet, so Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times Twitters.

@NFLSTROUD: Dominik said it’s not a certainty that CB Eric Wright won’t remain with the team, but he would have to restructure his contract. … Dominik said the team hasn’t made a decision about whether to offer Wright a new deal but will address it after the owner’s meetings.

What does this tell Joe? With news that Brent Grimes and the Browns are making headway on a contract, Dominik doesn’t want to get completely shut out on cornerbacks and will consider keeping Wright, for a much-reduced price.

So, in a twist of events, your big free agent cornerback signing may actually be Wright.

47 Responses to “Eric Wright Not Gone Yet”

  1. Robbie_G Says:

    So is this part of the “plan”. Keeping this moron who was off on a spa day when he got busted for pills? I know we all make mistakes, but this dude is not what this team needs. They got rid of all the other brain dead, self centered goofs. I would rather have Smith, Grimes, or Cox at that point. How is Wright better then those guys? Gee Wiz man, what a frustrating off season so far.

  2. ramdog Says:

    Cool if we get Revis paired with Wright we can call the tandem “Revis and Butthead”

  3. Kurius Boy Says:

    I thought Wright played good for us last year. I didn’t see him get beat much like the other CB’s, I would make him restructure his contract, and keep him on the team. then I would put more rules for him to follow to keep his contract again.

  4. Bucnnole Says:

    I will be so pissed if the only cb we get is the same BUM we are looking to replace. What the hell is Dominick doing? I’ll tell you what he’s doing… He’s getting ever so close to getting fired. He’s made some good picks but with the exception of Jackson and Nicks, which were no brainers, this guy doesn’t know how to tackle free agency. I, for one, am ready to see Dominick go.

  5. Robbie_G Says:

    Ramdog, !!!! you said it

  6. Raphael Says:


    revis will be here, wright will be gone

  7. Fatmosh Says:

    Sadly, if we don’t want Grimes (which seems likely at this point), Wright is our next best option.

  8. Macabee Says:

    Don’t be surprised how the Bucs handle Wright. Wright has more say than he had last week. With the soft market on CBs, Eric would get an offer if he was released today and the Bucs would be down 1 more starter – their best, sad to say, CB.

    I still think the Bucs will eventually release him, but at this minute, it’s a new ball game.

  9. st. louis Bucs fan Says:

    if we can get him to restructure i wouldnt be apposed to keeping him but who the hell am i? i would have loved to see Cason and Avril but what can we do. i still love the Goldson signing but we really needed to add a few CB’s. send Blount and a 2nd and a 4th (both this year) to the Jets for Revis and sign him long term. BUC IT IM OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. chris Says:

    Wright isn’t a bad CB. He’s just not worthy of 7.5 million a year.

    If he can restructure for 3.5-4 million per year that’d be fine. I think there is a good chance he does that. I mean, look at what the CB market was this year. Sean Smith took 6. Keennan Lewis, Cary Williams, took deals worth 5 million per year.

    He’s not going to get much more than 4 on the open market, so he better settle. That;’s HIS beest choice.

  11. Capt. Tim Says:

    “Your big free agent cornerback signing might Actually be Wright”

    Really? That’s Dom’s solution to a historically horrible secondary?

    Too bad. But at least he will have the stadium to himself, on game day.

  12. Macabee Says:


    Here’s an arrow for your quiver. Sean Smith did not get 6mil a year. So far no CB has gotten 6mil a year. He got a base contract of 5.5mil a year with incentives to possibly make 6mil. Something to use if you’re ever disputed!

  13. canadianbuc Says:

    I hate to say it but right now IMO we have no choice but to keep him, restructure his contract obviously. I agree with Chris he’s not a bad CB, he’s a $4-5 million CB not a $7.5 million. We have no choice its looking more and more likely that were not going to sign a CB and if we get Revis it will be at the cost of this years 1st so were not going to get a starting caliber CB in the later rounds. Revis and Wright would not be a bad CB paring, I would much rather have Wright then Gorer, Gaitor, Johnson, lewis ect. But i do think Gaitor has a future he’s shown signs he can be a starter in this league just not yet. So Revis and Wright would be a fine tandem. Revis and Grimes would be better but don’t see it happening. So let’s restructure his contract, i know he’s a but of an idiot but hey you never know he can change.

  14. BucFan20 Says:

    So after all is said and done we will sign Biggers and Wright. But don’t get down on Wright to much. Everyone makes mistakes. After all, We are being told by fans to overlook Bowers who carries a firearm into an airport!! We are going to play him. Why not Wright if he agrees to less money?

  15. lurker Says:

    finally, a cb to placate the masses!

    bowers innocently had the gun, realized it, and turned it in himself. I believe it was a connecting flight, so it got past somewhere else. that vs taking someone else’s prescription to get an advantage. I am curious as to whose script was flipped? it is a controlled substance.

  16. the_buc_realist Says:

    Other than VJ has the pop-star had one free agent that was successful?

  17. BucFan20 Says:

    @ lurker
    You think? Had Taliban done the same thing what would you be saying? He knew he had it , knew he was going to get caught and tried to save his a$$.

  18. Dave Says:

    If Wright is signed for under 4 million… keep him.

  19. lurker Says:


    I guess we will have to wait and see what happens. it could have happened either way, but has he shown a proclivity for these types of decisions? everyone makes mistakes. he could just as easily tried to sneak it on since it ready made it past security.

  20. joey Says:

    restructure wright to a 4yr 16 mill. sign captain munnerly or mike jenkins release gorer keep gaitor and lewis draft traufant and the honey badger secondary better then last yr. If we dnt trade for revis. Sign abraham as a situational pass rusher. Sign a Right tackle. What you guys think

  21. lurker Says:

    also, Adderall is a performance-enhancing drug. it is becoming rampant, if not already, in baseball and seems to be making the rounds in football. Adderall is an amphetamine which is already a banned substance.

    here’s an interesting article dated November 2012 from

  22. Macabee Says:

    Oh. Oh

    The Bucs are going to crater and give a 1st for Revis. Justification – we gave a 1st for Kenyatta Walker. lol See the Twitterverse!

  23. gotbbucs Says:

    Wright is hard to judge performance wise based on last year. He was injured for much of the year with a back problem and I think an achiles injury. Truth be told, he’s probably just as good as any corner that was on the market this year. At $3-4 million a year he’ll stay on the team. He still holds a fair amount of leverage based on what we have beyond him at his position. I would actually like to see what he can do when healthy, but I would prefer him to mostly cover the slot.
    I don’t care for how the man handled his issues last year, but he’ll probably have to do in a pinch.

  24. gotbbucs Says:

    @ Macabee

    If there was ever a year to throw a 1st round pick away for a proven vet this would be the year. The top of this draft is pretty pedestrian.
    I would rather have next years 1st in case we are staring at the possibility of choosing a new QB.

  25. Macabee Says:


    I don’t mind either! I’ve said some time ago that it’s okay by me. I’m just having a little fun with the justification that Stroud offered. The sooner we get it done the better. I’m in the boat and intend to stay there. However a well placed jab here and there is always a little fun – typical fan!

  26. Bucs Fan #238 Says:

    (RotoWire) The Buccaneers have not ruled out trading their first-round pick in April’s draft to the Jets as part of the compensation for Revis, the Tampa Bay Times reports. Analysis: Tampa owned the league’s worst pass defense last season and it seems the Buccs are giving serious thought to trading the 13th overall pick for Revis, though they reportedly still have concerns about his knee. The Jets seem set on moving him, and a first-rounder would likely get a deal done.


    @JOE is there any possibility we go after Sam Shields? He is young and incredibly talented , would also only cost a round 2 plus his contract. Then take trufant with the first, who I believe will end up being the best cb in this draft. Resign biggers and add 1-2 potential 2-3 string cbs and were in serious business.

  28. Bucs Fan #238 Says:

    @Lurker. What’s a travesty is that Aqib Talib actually NEEDED adderall… Aqib definitely had a case of ADHD.

  29. kh Says:

    It wasnt adderal – NFL policy prohibits disclosing what drug shows up on a failed drug test so the players default to adderall (usually with the oh i forgot my presciption bs to boot) since its legal. Odds are both of them were smoking blunts together.

  30. gotbbucs Says:

    I would guess that the Percy Harvin trade is probably the jumping off point for this deal. We’ll hopefully have to give up a little less considering where our 1st is compared to Seattle’s. This year’s 1st and a conditional 4th next year would be fine with me.

  31. Bucs Fan #238 Says:

    “This year’s 1st and a conditional 4th next year would be fine with me.”

    EFFFF that.

    No way would that be okay.

  32. lurker Says:


    it sure as shootin coulda been adderall.

  33. CC Says:

    Wright is the best cb of the worst pass defense in the history of the NFL.

  34. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Predicted this…if it happens. Resigning Wright is not a bad move. It was a first offense. He is our best CB.

    I’m still for resigning Biggers for depth as well. If we keep Wright, make him #2 and draft a true #1 or go after one of the remaining FAs out there, things could work out.

    BucFan20, Bowers is actually innocent. Remember, his gun wasn’t really loaded, but they charged him with a “loaded firearm”. He was trying to do the right thing, but New York has different laws than any other place.

  35. Que589 Says:

    Eric Wright is an average player just like every CB that was in free agency w/ the exception of Grimes

  36. canadianbuc Says:


  37. Nick B Says:

    soooo who at 13 is better than Revis? ACL’s are common nowadays. Peterson, Welker, and others have come back no problem. If we give up 13 for the best CB in the league…GO FOR IT

  38. Cmurda Says:

    If the Bucs are honestly not worried about Revis’s prior injury then I say give up the 1st. Like stated earlier, if Freeman doesn’t undoubtedly prove his franchise label next year, we will need to draft a QB. Next year’s first could be more valuable than this year’s.

  39. 4everBucsFan Says:

    a first round pick for one year of service, ….sounds ’bout right! (sarcasm)

    There is no bidding war, but somehow, some way, we’re going to cave in to Izdic for our first round pick anyway. …for 1 year?

    We essentially are desperate now, and they know it, when Woody said they may decide to keep him, Dominik a-hole puckered up. Actually, I’m surprised Izdic hasn’t upped his demand for this, and next years first rounders.

    The only way I would have give them our first rounder is if they give us Revis and a later round pick to boot.

  40. Joe Says:


    Anything possible, sure.

  41. gotbbucs Says:

    @ 4everBuc

    Obviously nobody is going to make that trade without first negotiating a long term contract. Think a little bit.
    And if you think Revis is worth less than a 1st round pick you’re nuts. When I said a 1st and a conditional 4th next year I was aiming low. I would be suprised if he came that cheap honestly.

  42. BucFanFromLa Says:

    I wonder if we are interested in Grimes but want to make the Revis trade first. Maybe that’s why they are caving. Grimes agent could have indicated that he would play in Tampa but only if Revis was there. I don’t know. That may be a little too far fetched. I just hope something happens soon

  43. Cannuckbuc Says:

    Canadianbuc I agree !

  44. Macabee Says:

    The Bucs would be wise to wrap the Revis deal up as soon as possible, because if the 49ers get back into this and they’re loaded for bear, we’re going to lose!

  45. Cannuckbuc Says:

    The Niners let our new safety go because they could not pay him how could they afford Revis?

  46. MadMax Says:

    Wright will restructure or be gone….up to him. In the cheap restructure laced with incentives for performance, thats about all he has now. Too much damage (his own fault) and Dom surely see’s his mistake in paying the guy so much.

    Restructure, play your azs off or move on.

  47. Macabee Says:


    I know the 49ers don’t have a lot of cap space. I was referring to the ability to trade for Revis with the # of picks they have. Keep in mind that a new Revis contract is not a 2013 issue. Through cuts and restructures they may have the cap space in 2014. Getting late, I’ll look further tomorrow!