Eric Wright was supposed to be the Buccaneers contingency plan in case troubled cornerback Aqib Talib got to be too much to handle once again. But while the Talib scenario played out, and he was shipped to New England, Wright proved to be a replacement for Talib in all the wrong ways.
Now, according to The Pewter Plank via Bucs beat writer Mark Cook, Wright’s stay in Tampa is over. Cook reports that the Buccaneers will part ways with Wright sometime before OTAs this upcoming spring.
Wright underwhelmed at corner this season and that wasn’t helped by the fact that he missed four games due to a suspension. Both Wright and Talib were busted for using Adderral and both eventually served out four game bans for violating league policy. Talib’s suspension was the final straw that lead to his departure from Tampa, and it seems that it’s the final straw for Wright as well.
Shortly after Wright was signed, it was learned by Pewter Report that Wright was dealing with a serious undisclosed medical condition that affected his energy levels negatively. Wright missed a good deal of the offseason workouts and organized team activity days due to the undisclosed medical condition. The team was actually concerned they made a colossal mistake by signing him to such a huge deal during the summer, but Wright got the medicine he needed to treat his condition and was able to take part in training camp.
– The Pewter Report
Because Wright was suspended, he voided all his guaranteed money, meaning the Bucs can cut Wright and only end up paying $5.54 million for his services, which is far less than the nearly $30 million left on his contract.