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Wright Place, Wright Time: Is It The Wrong Time To Release Eric Wright?

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.

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  • Chris Wyman

    release him! the lions will take him back at a discounted price. THANX TAMPA!

    • Leo

      Haha, that works for me at least.

  • Tony Brown

    No no no no and so many times no! You do raise a valid point, that he may be the best corner on our team. (Although I’m not even sure of that. Leonard Johnson has impressed me at times.) But still, that’s not a great accomplishment.
    Yeah, Wright had a couple decent games (like shutting down Dwayne Bowe), but got roasted more often than not. It may not be a star-studded CB class, but there are still countless guys who are an upgrade over him, at a cheaper price too.

    • Ken Boehlke

      I’ll agree that there are other options out there. There are probably 5 solid CBs ago could help the Bucs, however there are also 10+ teams who want to add depth in thief secondary. It’s a passing league. The most important thing is to be able to pass. The second is to stop other teams passing. If you could guarantee me that I get 2 CBs equal or close to Wright, I’m in. But I do t think anyone can make that guarantee.

      • Tony Brown

        You don’t pay someone that kind of salary to play nickel corner.
        And there are countless available corners who are a clear upgrade over him: Revis, Grimes, Smith, Talib, DRC, Cox, Williams, Toler, etc.
        And even if we don’t manage to get two of these guys, I’d still rather roll the dice on Leonard Johnson, who showed flashes of potential, instead of overpaying for a consistently mediocre Eric Wright.

  • RussMillerWY

    Since the NFL began using suspensions to show how holier than thou overpaid witch hunting commissioners can be, they’ve trained us to think of every speeding ticket as a red flag that your favorite football player may about to be hit by a predator drone. Eric Wright is not a stupid miscreant any more than Aqib Talib, Da’Quan Bowers, or, for that matter, Brett Favre or Kenny Stabler have been. If anything, his unexpected one-off suspension came at the perfect time, preserving his damaged Achilles from rupturing. Besides, any new free agent or draftee is just as likely to be sent to the gulag for chewing tobacco out of season or dumping his sociopathic litigious girlfriend as the current crop. Hanging on to Wright is a safer bet than joining an irrationally sadistic lynch mob that hopes to ruin his life for no good reason.