Sept. 30, 2012; Tampa FL, USA; Washington Redskins running back Alfred Morris (46) runs past Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Eric Wright (21) for a touchdown during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Stamey-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Eric Wright Was Arrested Last Week, Explaining The Decision To Trade Him


Rick Stroud, as he usually does, shed some light on the breaking news of the day, which was the Buccaneers’ sudden trade of Eric Wright to the San Francisco 49ers.

Let’s just say the trade was more than justified, at least according to the team’s normal order of operations.

Wright was known for having a history of run-ins with the law, but nothing ever seemed to stick and create a conflict with his football career. But it was clear he wasn’t always making the best decisions, and that affected his perception to NFL teams, as he was always seen as an immense talent with a questionable off-the-field situation.

The Buccaneers have shown little tolerance for legal troubles, especially habitual legal troubles, and considering that this arrest came after he was allegedly promised his role with the team was safe, it’s reasonable to think the Buccaneers felt betrayed in their trust in the prodigal cornerback.

The tweets from Stroud was definitely an “Ah ha!” moment in this situation, as it appeared the trade was somewhat random and difficult to explain. But given the focus on building a team of “Buccaneer men”, it makes perfect sense to ship Wright out west and gain a draft pick in the process. The fact that the 49ers were unwilling to offer more than a conditional late round pick is a sign that even they don’t trust him to stay out of trouble and merit a roster spot.

So do you think another arrest was enough to justify trading Wright, and breaking the “promise” to not trade him away? Let us know in the comment section below.

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