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December 26, 2012 @ 5:36 pm
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Wright Implies Adderall Suspension Was a Paperwork Error

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Cornerback Eric Wright was back on the practice field Wednesday afternoon for the first time in over a month. Following practice Wright spoke to the media in open locker room and shared his thoughts on his four-game suspension.
Cornerback Eric Wright has rejoined his teammates after serving a four-game suspension for his use of the banned substance Adderall.

After Wednesday's workout Wright spoke to the media for the first time in over a month and gave some insight on his suspension – and his future.

“Being at home and being away from my teammates and my coaches you know you work all season and all preseason to get to this point and to have to sit out for four games really hurt,” Wright said.

Although Adderall is not allowed in the National Football League, players can get an exemption if they file paperwork to show that it doctor prescribed. When asked if he thought he had gone through the proper procedures to be allowed to use the drug legally in the league, Wright was very direct in his response.

“The exception letter was not filed,” Wright said. “And basically that was the end of the story when it came to that.”

Wright did appeal the suspension, but ended up losing. He did not mention to the media whether or not he thought he had a good case, instead just said that he was happy to be back.

“The situation is that this is over,” Wright said. “I served my four game suspension and I am happy to be back on the team and have an opportunity to play in this game. The situation as a whole is pretty much over with. I am moving forward from that.”

Head coach Greg Schiano spoke about Wright’s situation earlier on Wednesday, saying he hoped it was in the past.

“You never really know,” Schiano said. “Some people can say they do. How do you know? I didn’t know it was coming, so how am I going to know it will happen again or won’t happen again, I don’t. We’ve talked and I feel good about what we’ve talked about and that’s all you really can do. Even before the fact (you have to) educate and continue to educate the team, because I’m not convinced that all these guys that have been positive Adderall tests were using Adderall. Obviously it did because they tested positive but I’m not sure there’s an issue with all of them.

“But that doesn’t matter. The rule is the rule. So we have to make sure that we as an organization just keep educating our players. And you can’t control the choices they make but you can control the amount of information they have to make those choices and that’s really, my whole career, that’s kind of been what I’ve done, whether it was college kids or now, here, with professional people.”

Wright does feel that he let not only his teammates down, but the entire Buccaneer organization as a whole.

“Yes, absolutely,” Wright said. “I apologized to the team as well as the organization and the Glazier family. It hurt me a lot to let the team down. It is just an unfortunate situation and I am looking forward to moving forward from here.”

Wright signed a five-year, $37.5 million free agent deal with the Buccaneers last March, with the first two years of the deal guaranteed. Because of a behavioral clause in his contract, it is thought the Buccaneers could release Wright after the season and not be responsible for the remainder of his salary. No decision has been made – at least publicly – by the Buccaneers.

Wright’s future is still up in the air, and the former Browns and Lions cornerback said he was unsure what the future holds, but plans on remaining in Tampa Bay.

“Until somebody tells me otherwise, I am a Tampa Bay Buccaneer,” Wright said. “I say that with a lot of pride and it is an honor to put on that jersey. I am just going to continue to work with that mindset.”

– Victoria Horchak contributed to this report







Last modified on Wednesday, 26 December 2012 17:59
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    LOL - paperwork - WTF does that mean does he mean rolling paper work ?? This guy is a complete idiot some scouting sites had him as the 39th best corner in free-agency last year. We way overpay the guy and then the moron goes out and screws up. He is as good as gone as his salary cap hit would be huge (I think I read it was like 7.5 million). Is an average corner really worth that much. Considering that is shut down corner money I say not just no - HELL NO. Can him and there are so many options to replace him. I think him and Quincy Black are both gone.
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    Sometimes i don't understand you guys. Our BIGGEST weakness is cornerback by 100 miles. This guy is at least an average NFL starting corner which is far better than anyone else we have. So we overpay someone for once. We have plenty of cap room. Write is a solid base from which to rebuild our secondary. We have him. Let's keep him. If he screws up again.... well then i'll eat some crow and take the "i told you so's". Aderol shouldn't be on the banned list anyway. It's a stupid rule.
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    At the end of the day this is a BUSINESS and Dominik is the football CEO...he needs to make the right business decisions here or eventually we'll end up like the Eagles. He may like Wright (I guess that's why he signed him in the first place instead of going after Carr or drafting Caliborne) but in the business context his play does not equal his salary and Dom now has a free option to correct that (either by renegiating his contract to a lower price or releasing him and signing someone new)....show us Dom that you can be teh football CEO!
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    His season has been disappointing without the suspension, and DUI. I'd bring him back at a reduced price only.
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    I always thought that Wright was overpaid for a free agent player who was not much better than average. My belief was that Dominik knew he had to try to get a veteran CB and was willing to overpay to get him. Fortunately, the organization now has an opportunity to retain the player for a more reasonable price tag. Rather than cut a player at the position of our greatest need, I would wait until after the draft and free agency period to assess the situation. If Dominik can find quality CB's elsewhere and Wright becomes expendable he may bring a late draft choice. He can always be released if the decision is that the team is better off without him, but it doesn't need to be immediate.
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    i THINK THAT WE WILL HAVE TO SEE WHAT IMPACT DOES AT THE GAME. RIGHT NOW TAMPA SITS AT NO#12 ON 2013 DRAFT. I THINK THE COACH STAFF AND THE HIGHER GROUP OF PERSONNEL HAVE TO MAKE THAT DECISION. BUT WE NEED TO BRING BACK FUTURE HALL OF FRAME RHONDE BARBER BACK FOR ONE MORE YEAR TO HELP TEACH AND SHOW THE TWO NEW CORNERS THAT TAMPA SHOULD DRAFT. I AGREE WITH ALL OF THE OTHER PLAYERS TO BE RELEASE. ONE NAME THAT FILLS A BIG HOLE IS THAT OT THAT MIAMI MAY RELEASE IS OT LONG WHO HAD A GREAT COLLEGE CAREER. JUST BECAUSE HE DIDN'T DO MUCH AT MIAMI. I THINK THE CHANGE OF TEAM AND ORGANIZATION WOULD FIT IN PERFECT. I THINK HE WOULD BE BETTER THEN A MID-ROUND DRAFT CHOICE. GO BUCS. GLH
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    It would be in the Bucs best intrest to let him go. The Bucs could save about 22 million if they let Wright,Q Black,A Benn, J Trueblood,R Parrish, and S Stroughter go. All of witch had little to no effect on the 2012 season. And if R Baber retires theres another 3 million. That kind of money could get some GOOD free agents in here and help the club. I am a M Bennet fan , keep him in the rotation next year and when we get Bowers and Clayborn back to full speed i thing the D-Line will be a good one. Maybe another good DT to help R Miller and G McCoy. But i think we are in desprate need of some # 1 picks at CB . And if we could get another LB like L David on the other side the defence would be a great one once again. Cut the dead weight and move on. Bucs are going in right direction keep it going ...GO BUCS
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    I would op out and then offer him much less to resign even if there is some hit on the salary cap.
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    The lingering side effects of Adderall are still at work here!
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    There is literally no chance he is back next season. As previously mentioned, in the short time he has been here he has been Talib-esque and is not even in the same league that Aqib was. His way overblown contract plus character flaws equals a 'see-ya' from Schiano. The Bucs would be foolish not to save the cap room and use it elsewhere. We've seen what he brings to the field, and it's not much. Definitely not $37.5 Million worthy. Dominic has been given a great opportunity to get out of a this situation with minimal damage. DO IT!
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    Agreed
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    Seriously? Even on the field, he wasn't starting quality except for the one pick six, but Leonard had one of those plus 2 other INT's this season. Hefty contract + blown coverage + DUI + Adderall suspension + voided guaranteed money = unemployed.
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    Agreed again.
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