Eric Wright was signed over the offseason with the hopes of teaming with Aqib Talib to form a dynamic 1-2 cornerback combination that would signal a return to the days of great defense that the Buccaneers once enjoyed. However, the hopes quickly turned to nightmares, as Wright was unable to stay on the field due to injury and later suspension issues, and Talib found himself in trouble with the NFL and shipped out of town as well. Wright remained in Tampa Bay, despite his trouble with the league office, and will be returning to the team this week. According to Pat Yasinskas of ESPN.com, Coach Schiano is not sure that Wright will play this week. The Falcons are unlikely to start many impact players against the Buccaneers, and Wright’s availability may have no impact on the Buccaneers final game of the season. We’ve likely seen the last of Eric Wright this season.
But have we seen the last of him as a Buccaneer? A twitter conversation with Sander Philipse of Bucs Nation this afternoon centered on the future of Wright in Tampa:
Yes and everyone RT @vujakralj: Eric Wright gone after this season? Also, is there any FA CB(this offseason) that could be our no.1 guy?
— Sander Philipse (@Bucs_Nation) December 24, 2012
His salary is massive, and considering his injury and suspension prone-nature, the discussion was about the likelihood of Wright returning next season. Considering Coach Schiano’s lack of tolerance for off the field distractions, and the financial implications of his suspension, Wright could very well be let go this offseason, in hopes that one of the corners available through free agency or the draft would better suit the team.
Wright was arrested in the offseason for a possible DUI, and combined with the suspension, means he’s more trouble than he’s worth. The fact that his guaranteed money is now out of the picture, the Buccaneers are able to easily part with Wright, or at least hold leverage in discussions about renegotiating his deal. I believe that there are corners available in free agency and the draft who can come in and compete for the job that Wright would leave open, and that the Buccaneers would be better off letting the UNLV product go and find a team more tolerant of his off the field situation, and more able to cope with his on the field injury concerns.
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