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Breaking: Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Eric Wright Agree to Restructured Contract

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:

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?

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:

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:

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.

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  • Bob Ripperdan

    For that price I am all for having him back.

  • RussMillerWY

    A sure sign that there is no loyalty between Wright and the Bucs and that he’ll be looking for a new team in 2014, as will Orlovsky. That’s two players now who came in all excited with shiny new contracts last year who will be hanging around feeling bitter and who have no incentive to serve as mentors or team players. Both are just here to try and get some splash plays on tape before they check out in January. The Bucs are being ugly stingy when they don’t really need to be, and that sure won’t inspire trust among future potential signees.

    • Leo

      The Bucs extended Demar Dotson early on, after only 15 starts. They’re going to extend Mike WIlliams. They take care of their own. Wright was a unique circumstance, and Orlovsky was making too much to be a 3rd QB, which is what he will likely be when the Bucs draft or sign or trade for another QB.

  • finishers

    the price is write ! Now draft 2 cbs. And tell them jets to 4-get the trade! Go after revise next year

  • Tony Brown

    Gotta say, I love the deal. My biggest problem with Wright from the start was how we overpaid him. Obviously, that’s no longer the case. And only one year too.
    Wright is likely Revis insurance, but could he also be trade bait? Maybe the Jets deem him worthy of a long term contract.