We reported a few days ago that Eric Wright was fighting the voiding of his guaranteed money as a result of his suspension during the 2012 season. Wright was suspended for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, and there was language in his contract that stipulated that the fully guaranteed second year salary for Wright would be no longer be fully guaranteed. This means that rather than paying almost 8 million dollars for Wright regardless of his status, he would be eligible for release at no penalty.
620 WDAE’s Tom Krasniqi was among the first to report the news, and many other outlets followed. He was the original tweet:
BREAKING: Source tells me the #Bucs won their grievance against Eric Wright
— Tom Krasniqi (@TKras) March 15, 2013
So what does this mean going forward?
I believe Wright will stay on the roster until the cornerback situation for 2013 becomes more clear. They have no reason to let him go any time soon, because any money would not be due for another couple of months. They could bring Wright back and allow him to earn his 7.75 million dollar salary should they somehow miss out on all the remaining eligible free agent corners, and strike out on draft day. But the more likely scenario is that as soon as a veteran corner or two are added to the roster, Wright will be let go, and the Buccaneers will be able to move on with more cap space and one less headache.
Eric Wright fell victim to his vices that have plagued him since before the NFL, and it cost him dearly. His play on the field was almost as frustrating as his inability to stay on the field, and therefore we’ve likely seen the last of Eric Wright in Tampa Bay. But don’t expect the hammer to come down any time soon, because with this ruling in the Buccaneers’ favor, the ball is squarely in Mark Dominik’s court.