The Buccaneers have wasted little time opening their wallets during the beginning of the 2012 free agency period. After making a huge splash yesterday, signing former Charger receiver Vincent Jackson, the team is still involved in negotiations with a number of players.
This is incredibly good news for Bucs fans, many of whom remained skeptical until the first hours of free agency when it became clear this team would make good on its owners promises.
Today starts out with news that former Lions corner Eric Wright has a deal to come to Tampa. Wright, a UNLV alum, has 13 interceptions in 5 NFL seasons (including 4 in 2011) and was one of the top corners on the market.
UPDATE: The deal is reportedly for five years, 37.5 million dollars.
The Bucs had also been in on Courtland Finnegan and Carlos Rogers but after both signed elsewhere, turned their focus to Wright as an option in their secondary.
What does this move mean?
It’s too early to tell. The Buccaneers have a number of issues facing their secondary. One would assume Wright is the replacement for either Aqib Talib or Ronde Barber, there’s still a good chance the Bucs go corner in round one of the draft too.
There’s also a high likelihood the Bucs sign another corner down the road too. Either way, Tampa Bay just got a lot better with the Wright signing and adding proven youth (Wright is 26) to the secondary is exactly what the Buccaneers had to do this off-season.
It’s rare I give a glowing review, but so far the Bucs have been operating as well as anyone could have hope. Fair play to Mark Dominik.