Breaking: Tampa trades CB Eric Wright to the 49ers for a conditional late-round pick. The conditional late-round pick is from 2014.
— Josina Anderson (@JosinaAnderson) July 19, 2013
Breaking News: The Bucs have traded CB Eric Wright to San Francisco for a conditional 2014 draft pick.
— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@TBBuccaneers) July 19, 2013
What just happened?
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have traded away veteran cornerback Eric Wright, who was suspended last season on substance abuse rules violations and re-signed to a very team-friendly contract this offseason, to the San Francisco 49ers for a conditional draft pick in 2014, the team has confirmed via Twitter this afternoon.
On the surface, this deal makes very little sense, as Wright was set to be a very cheap role player for the Buccaneers who could provide some veteran presence across from Darrelle Revis. But his off-the-field troubles have been well documented, and getting value from a player who was set to walk at the end of the season isn’t the worst move the team could make.
There will be speculation if Wright “did something” to earn a trip out of town so abruptly, but Ian Rapoport struck that down with this bit of information:
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 19, 2013
In other words, this deal has been in the works for a while, and the Bucs and Niners finally figured out compensation.
I don’t think this is the worst deal the Buccaneers have ever made, but it’s certainly worth questioning as we enter a season with a returning-to-health Darrelle Revis, and a plethora of young corners who have yet to establish themselves as legitimate NFL starters. I am high on Leonard Johnson and Danny Gorrer, so my faith in them will be put to the test, as they will have the biggest chance to step forward and see the field in the absence of Eric Wright.
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