The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a proverbial “get out of jail free” card on the contract of Eric Wright. His Adderall suspension last season has allowed the Bucs the ability to waive Wright without taking a hit on the salary cap, because his guaranteed money was voided for 2013 and beyond. So is it time to play the card, and let go of the controversial cornerback?
Most Buccaneers fans are in the camp of cutting the cord and going in a different direction. But I’m not so sure that’s the right (no pun intended) move. The Bucs have tons of money to spend this off season, and if they cut Wright, they’ll have even more. They also have the 13th pick in the draft. However, we’ve already discussed the Bucs’ unlikeliness to take a corner at 13 and there aren’t many elite DB’s out there right now. I believe the Bucs should keep Wright (after giving him an earful about how damn lucky he is), and then make a move on another corner in free agency, maybe a Brent Grimes or Derek Cox type of player.
The Bucs weren’t far from being good last year, and with an obvious glaring weakness already identified the front office has a chance to spend some money and shore it up. Why overcomplicate things this offseason? Identify needs, and fix them. The need that anyone who watched Tampa Bay in 2012 can identify is to fix the secondary, and I’m not so sure cutting the best corner you have is the best way to fix that need. Even if that “best corner” isn’t the sharpest tool in the shed. Bring him back and allow him the chance to right (no pun intended, again) his wrongs, and know that he’s still a mistake away from being released. It might bring out the best in him.
What do you think, Bucs fans? Can Tampa Bay do better than Eric Wright this offseason? Is letting him go too much of a reactive move? Let us know in the comments below.