One of the most frequent questions that journalists who cover the Tampa Bay Buccaneers receive is “Why is Eric Wright still on the team?” Most fans consider it a foregone conclusion that the troubled cornerback will find his way out of town soon enough, and would rather see the increased cap space than see Wright occupying a roster spot he’s unlikely to hold in August. Wright performed poorly when he was on the field in 2013, and showed no signs of being worth the 7.75 million dollar salary he is due this upcoming season.
But Mark Dominik has an even better plan… if it works.
According to Pro Football Talk, the Buccaneers are attempting to trade the troubled cornerback, in hopes that they can snatch some value out of the disappointing 2012 signing. If Mark Dominik is able to find a suitor for Wright, it would be one of the most brilliant pieces of business in NFL history. Wright was once seen as a talented player who could blossom into a star, but off the field issues and other concerns about his intangibles caused him to have a negative perception on draft day, and as a free agent. He’s now making more than he’s worth, and has an injury history.
So will Mark Dominik be able to get any value out of Eric Wright? It’s extremely unlikely, but the Buccaneers will handle this trade much differently than the Jets are handling the Darrelle Revis trade. They will allow teams to talk to Wright, and see if he’s willing to work out a contract restructure. They’ll take any draft picks they can get, and hope for the best. The most likely scenario is that no team is going to want him at full cost, and that Wright would prefer to test the open market on his own, rather than have his next team be dictated by the Buccaneers.
So rest your weary typing fingers, Buccaneers’ fans. Eric Wright is not going to be a Buccaneer in the 2013 NFL Season. Mark Dominik is just trying to get as much value as he can out of a mistaken 2012 signing.