On a night where Donald Penn hinted on Twitter that some big news would come out to really help the team, it was Rick Stroud who broke the following story:
Bucs CB Eric Wright has restructured his contract to remain with the team.
— Rick Stroud (@NFLSTROUD) April 9, 2013
It is obviously unclear if this is the exact news Penn was referring to, but one thing is for certain: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will have Eric Wright on board for 2013.
The restructuring of Wright’s deal likely brings his paycheck down in the ballpark of the other corners signed this offseason, meaning it is probably between 3-5 million dollars per year. The more important part of the equation is the stability it brings to the Buccaneers’ defensive backfield, with Wright joining Leonard Johnson and Danny Gorrer as returning players who know the system, know the coaches, and know each other. The best part of the deal?
Bucs will retain Eric Wright, the team announces. Restructured his deal. One year.
— NFL: AroundTheLeague (@NFL_ATL) April 9, 2013
It’s a one year deal. Wright has the perfect chance to prove himself worthy of a future contract, while giving the Buccaneers much needed depth.
This is a brilliant piece of business for the Buccaneers, who now can continue to pursue Darrelle Revis, but have the option to fall back on the draft to continue to build their defense up after struggling to defend the pass last year. It appears Wright is already hard at work getting ready for 2013:
— Eric Wright (@EWrighteous21) April 9, 2013
So what do you think, Bucs fans? Are you happy to have Eric Wright back? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport just tweeted the details of Eric Wright’s new deal:
Bucs CB Eric Wright lost his $7.75M guaranteed after losing his grievance. New deal is for $1.5M with a good chance to earn $3M #compromise
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 9, 2013
Great deal for the Buccaneers. Absolutely fair price for an injury prone corner who is coming off a season during which he was suspended. Wright has a chance to prove himself and earn a bigger paycheck in 2014, and the Buccaneers now have the ultimate flexibility.