A few months ago it was reported that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were ready to cut cornerback bust Eric Wright loose, but now a league source has told Pro Football Talk‘s Mike Florio that the team is shopping Wright and is attempting to trade them ahead of a potential trade with the New York Jets that would land them Darrelle Revis.
Wright has been a complete waste of time for the Buccaneers after signing a massive contract in free agency last season. Wright was the third head of a free agent monster the Bucs wrangled in last year that included Vincent Jackson and Carl Nicks. But Wright failed to live up to the expectations that were set for him and fizzled out in the worst way.
The whole idea behind bringing in Wright was so the Bucs would have a semi-level headed replacement for when Aqib Talib eventually went off the rails for good. That happened midway through the season when Talib was suspended for using Adderall but he wasn’t alone in his guilt. The league busted not only Talib but Wright was well for using the performance enhancing drug — and the most ironic part was that their performances weren’t in any way enhanced.
Wright was also involved in a DUI incident before the season even started and he really didn’t progress on or off the field from there. Things got so bad that the cornerback filed grievance against his club, demanding they pay him the money he lost due to his off-field actions. Wright didn’t win the case and any remnants of a relationship were destroyed.
Tampa Bay is not interested in giving Wright his $7.25 million base salary next year and would much rather rid themselves of him completely as he’s turned out to be nothing more than a less talented, slightly more mellow version of Aqib Talib in all the wrong ways. The next question is while the Bucs are trying to trade him, who in the NFL wants to take him and his bloated salary on?