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April 9, 2013 @ 6:37 pm
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Wright Now Signed Through Just 2013 After Contract Restructure

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The Buccaneers have announced that they have restructured the deal of cornerback Eric Wright and re-signed QB Dan Orlovsky. Both players have one-year deals with Tampa Bay, and Wright is expected to be one of the Bucs' starting cornerbacks again in 2013.
The Buccaneers announced that they have restructured the contract of cornerback Eric Wright, along with re-signing quarterback Dan Orlovsky. Both players are only signed through the 2013 season, and it’s safe to say that Wright took a significant pay cut from his previous contract, which was scheduled to pay him $7.75 million in base salary this year. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports that Wright's base salary is now $1.5 million and with incentives can only reach as much as $3 million.

Wright, who will turn 28 in July, met with Bucs general manager Mark Dominik last week to negotiate a pay cut for Wright, who signed a five-year, $37.5 million contract last offseason that featured guaranteed base salaries for the 2013 and 2014 campaigns. However, Wright was suspended four games by the NFL for using the performance-enhancing drug Adderall and that voided his guaranteed base salary this year. A month ago, Wright filed a grievance against the Bucs over his $7.75 million base salary but the team prevailed.

Restructuring Wright and having the team announce it via a press release likely means that the seven-year veteran will make the 2013 roster even though it looked like he might be released in the offseason when the Bucs decided to hold him out of the 2012 season finale win at Atlanta. The Bucs are desperate for help at cornerback after seeing the team’s pass defense finish dead last in the NFL last season, surrendering 297.4 yards per game through the air.

Tampa Bay passed on several high-priced cornerbacks in free agency, which made it necessary for the team to keep Wright, but the Bucs can continue to re-stock the position by re-signing former Bucs cornerback Ronde Barber. Barber was Tampa Bay’s starting free safety last year, but would likely play more of a nickel cornerback role with the signing of Pro Bowler Dashon Goldson should he return for a 17th season in the NFL.

Wright’s suspension-marred season was a disappointment in Tampa Bay as he notched just 39 tackles, seven passes defensed, one interception, which was returned 60 yards for a touchdown against the New York Giants, and one fumble recovery. The 5-foot-10, 200-pound cornerback has one year in the Bucs system and is expected to start opposite a rookie draft pick – likely a first- or second-round pick – or New York Jets Pro Bowler Darrelle Revis, whom the team is attempting to acquire via a trade.

While Wright came under fire for missing four games due a to suspension and two more due to an Achilles injury, the Bucs were 6-4 with him in the starting lineup.

With 81 career starts, Wright is credited with 362 tackles, 70 passes defensed, 14 interceptions, five fumble recoveries, three forced fumbles and a sack in his first six seasons in the NFL.

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    Good move signing Wright, however Revis I am starting to shift opinion on NO. Why? Well, lots of reasons. My biggest thing with Revis obviously is the sheer amount of money we'd have to spend on him. We will have a cap space problem next year with a lot of our guys demanding new contracts. We can't be in a situation where we can't sign some of our key guys. Revis may have talent but do we want something who won't settle for anything less than 15 million in the clubhouse? We've always been low budget, the Rays have done it low budget as well. The Rays have much less money to spend than the Red Sox or Yankees, and yet we are right up there every year as serious playoff contenders. Lets not sign a sell out and lets draft a rookie that will become a Buccaneer for life, instead of wasting all these draft picks. Not to mention we have no idea if his knee will give out again.. Go Bucs!
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    Well Buc fans that was a smart play. Cuting Wright and the b/u QB, and resign both of them. I REALLY BELIEVE THAT TAMPA IS GOING AFTER THE CB FROM BAMA. TAMPA HAS THE FIREPOWER TO PULL THE TRADE TO MOVE UP. AT 13 tampa can get the 2,3 or 4th best CB in the draft.IF they stay put.But if the Revis trade doesnot go down, as I see it now The NYJets will not get anything if they don't go on Tampa terms. I see Tampa secondary will improve greatly.Look at the corners that will be available:Dee Milliner(Bama)Desmond Trufant(Wash),Xaiver Rhodes(Fsu)Will Davis(Utah St)&Jonathan Banks(Miss St) all of these CB's are in the top 40. I say this if Tampa doesn't move up I would ofter Vikings a chance to move up to get a good wr. And Tampa moves down to get a good CB at #23 & #25 get that big DE from SMU . Also tell minn we will give you a #4  Rd pick. Then In 2nd Rd pick up Davis or Banks in the 2nd Round. This would give Tampa a CB & DE in Rd-1 and another CB in Rd-2. This is just my opion. But if Tampa doesn't trade down they could get eitherDesmond Trufant or Xaiver Rhodes at #13 and trade back in at #25 for DE from SMU.This is why I love the NFL Draft its every team superbowl.GO BUCS
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    Mark it down Revis will be a Buccaneer like it or not, which I personally am excited to have the best CB in the NFL in Tampa.
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    Can't help but think that this has been a rather strange free agency period. We let 2 D-line starters walk (Miller and Bennett) but haven't signed anyone comparable to take their place. We desperately needed 2 CB, but did nothing to improve there until Eric Wright agreed to a drastically reduced contract for 1-year (why, I still can't figure out). Still wondering why ANY team (much less the Bucs) would trade for a Revis (who's still recovering from last year's injury and who is under contract for only this year). No one player is a true game-changer to the extent of $15-plus million a year except a few (very few) QBs like Brees and Brady. Giving up a 1st rounder plus that much money IF we can sign Revis to a long-term contract puts us in the same boat as last year's Jets (frightening thought). Bucs still need a nose tackle, third LB, at least 1 CB (preferably 2), and at least 1 DE to be players in the NFC South this year. If they can't plug those holes as a minimum, we should probably expect some very high scoring games ... and an 8-8 season.
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    The price is right, but the product and commitment are questionable. Anyone who thinks this isn't just a bandaid is IMO mistaken and Revis is IMO not the finite resolution. This project is still CB by committee which includes draft picks, other FA prospects, and a supporting cast especially capable of putting pressure on those NFC South Qb's. We also can't forget the OL. The old axiom "The best defense is a good offense" will ultimately take pressure off our anemic pass defense. Go Bucs
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    Guys, at some point we have to get around to winning the Super Bowl. We are not a young team anymore with little experience. We need to worry less about winning the draft and the salary cap battle and actually win the Super Bowl. When was last time anybody around here even mentioned winning the Super Bowl? All I here is playoffs and draft picks. None of Dominik's draft picks have played a playoff game. What do I care how many of those picks we give up to get one of the top 10 players in the league as voted by the players. Every year the posters on here say we're building for next year. This year is "next year" so let's get Revis (when was last time an NFL player didn't recover from an ACL) and shoot for it all? Win dammit!
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    @pinkstob I agree with you 2000%
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    Horse, imagine your employer giving you 1 mil just for working for him, and another 3 mil just to show your face at work for two weeks, and you being to insulted to show up! That's Mevis. Poor baby, they want to trade me, so I'd rather train on my own, but I'll still want my 3 mil work out bonus. The guys got a bum leg, and he can still make a total of 4 mil this off season by just showing up for two weeks! Yeah maybe he's still the best cover corner in the game, but this is NOT a team guy, and someone I hope we pass on.
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    surferdudes, I am right with you. I don't believe Revis is the Buccaneer Way, nor the Schiano Way.
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    Gotta feeling that Eric will pan out fine this year, and after all is said and done I could feel good with him and L. Johnson as the starters with Rhonde taking care of the slot. With # 13 pick take the best defensive lineman on the board. I'd be exstatic if anyone of these guys were there, star lot.... how ever you spell it. werner sheldon richardson ziggy ez...... however you spell it. sharif floyd Anyone of those guys would make the front d-line something to be feared, and with Caiborn back and Bowers maybe living up to his potential I think we'd be just fine. Now thats just the way i see thing after our first pick. Use the later picks to load up with some talent and we might be contenders.
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    The big question for me is Revis poison or sugar for this team and community? So far all I have heard from Revis for years is him whine and whine and whine. He seems to be always insulted that he is the greatest and should be paid a QB salary, not a CB salary. I have concerns also that he has not come out at all to show where he is in rehab. Pedersen did that and everyone knew where he was and how strong he could come back. CB is different than a RB because they have to run just as fast backwards and sideways; there's very little hesitations like a RB does. Just my opinion. I believe it will be a very poor trade if we have to give up a 1st or 2nd in any draft for Revis. I believe if this happens it will be the final blunder for Dominik.
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    If we get Revis for high draft picks and a giant salary and it doesnt work out, then Dom will be fired. I can't see it being a likely event that we would get what we pay for, likely just more headaches and a setback akin to when the Vikings gave up their whole draft for Herschel Walker...that worked out....not very well.
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    Also, maybe the Bucs are trying to use Wright in the trade offer to the Jets. The thinking might be that we could get Revis for a 2 if we were to include a solid CB in the deal with a VERY reasonable contract. That way, the Jets still have a starting caliber CB on their roster, although no one would be able to replace Revis. I wouldn't mind giving the Jets This years or next years #2, along with Wright and Blount for Revis. I think the Jets are still trying to replace S Greene and Blount could be that guy.
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    I too, can't wait for the draft and the end of the Revis saga. I am OK if we go after him, but even though I was willing to give up next years #1 for him, now I'm not so sure. I think if we could steal him for a #2, that would be awesome! Just have to be sure about how much to pay him. It;s OK if we don't get him too. I like Wright paired with Ronde or either one of our existing guys or a draft pick. Actually, I would like to see us keep Wright and pair him up with Millner after trading up!! That would even be the most cost efficient route to take. Leaves us with Wright and Millner at CB, Barron and Goldsen at S, Ronde or someone else(Gaiter, Johnson) at nickle, and go out and get a pass rush specialist, Freeny or Abraham(I think they are both still available).
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    It looks as though one goal this year is to sign, resign, release and renegotiate as many average players (with upside) as we can. Wright may pan out this time but he may not. He may also be traded. If the goal is to avoid making any free agent mistakes and to build for the future through the draft, then we better hope we has another terrific draft.
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    Great move by Dom securing one of our starters and I suppose the second will be sign, sealed and delivered within the next few days. Its ashame that obviously most of you feel our 13 pick is worth more than the premier CB in the game. It would be one thing if we were taking Revis sight unseen but the fact that we will have the opportunity to get him medically cleared and see where he stands physically before any deal is complete makes no sense. When you have a 7-9 team that has an explosive offense, the #1 ranked rushing defense and the leagues WORST pass defense how does bringing in the top CB in the game not help? But let me guess that "great player" at #13 would turn the tide for us lol. Revis, Wright, Ronde, Goldson and Barron looks like the makings of a very solid secondary. Go Bucs! Get Revis in town!
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    I totally agree with you stlbucsfan.
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    I'm excited about the Wright signing. Maybe it's just me but I think he played better than any other CB we had last year including Talib (Giants game, uuhh). He wasn't far off many passes thrown his way and Percy Harvey victimized him once but overall he was very solid. Actually I hope he's with us for another 2 -3 years. As for REVIS, this gives us a little leverage. Now we have a solid starting CB and no he's not in Revis class but at least we don't have to mortgage the farm for Revis. As a minimum we can draft the best available CB and hopefully develop him and maybe make a run at Revis in free agency next year. I agree that Revis is better than anything we can get at #13 and if I'm the GM I'd pull the trigger and take my 2nd and one of our 4th and Blount to try to move back in the 1st round. Chicago is already shopping their number #1 (overall 20th). Trufant or one of the other quality DBs should still be avialable. Wouldn't that be wonderful? I'm still worried about Miller's replacement.
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    Mac, this was Dom's get out of jail free card. He over paid for Wright last year, and was bailed out by Wright's foolishness. Wrights new contract is what it should be, and at least he's smart enough to know he has to prove himself to the Bucs, and the rest of the league again. Now he's got a 3 mil carrot dangling in front of him, so he better produce. Still don't believe we'll give away the farm for Revis.
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    I'm glad the two sides came to their senses. Hopefully Wright learned from his lapse in judgement and becomes the player Dominik was willing to invest in last off season. At least now we can line up with one legitimate starting NFL CB. I'm worn out by the on-going Revis saga. What might have been a surprise bold move by the Buccaneers a month or so ago has dragged on so long that trading our 1st round choice for him now has lost a little of the luster of acquiring another Pro Bowl player. While I contend a healthy and content Revis is better than any CB we could draft; I somewhat agree with Horse in the sense that the defensive line position is more valuable than the defensive back position when drafting high. But I do think having CB's who can cover will greatly improve our pass rush. As should the return of Clayborn and a healthy Bowers being able to go through Training Camp. This draft is a little unique in that no one seems to know who the first ten or even five choices will be. Typically at the top there are few surprises from what has been predicted. But this year who knows? I hope there's an early run on QB's and WR's leaving the other positions of need available to Dominik.
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    This is actually a really good deal! I hope Wright is extra motivated to play harder than ever. Good job on the Bucs part for getting this done!
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    I like this deal a lottt he is a good #2 corner and we need to get 2 corners in the draft early and put them at #1!!
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    just a thought .......I dont really view any of the corners as being high priced as any combination of them is in the single Revis #. I don't think you are going to sign any 4th or 5th yr free agent starting corner that still has upside potential for less than 4 or 5 mil. Tracey Porter maybe, he can play a little!! prob not a solid starter but a very very solid # 3 and he knows Brees in and out. Too Late !!
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    When I first heard this news I was elated. But when I heard the amount he signed for, it gives me pause. Someone help me with my logic. At first we overpaid Wright and now we appear to be underpaying him. Is this the value they place on a guy who is positioned to be our starter or is this a punishment? Or is he being packaged for a trade? Either way not a good situation in my opinion. Were they off in his first deal by 5mil? I'm not saying the 1.5 to 3mil is wrong, it's the order of magnitude from his original offer that makes me wonder. If 1.5mil is his real value, should we put faith in the amount they are willing to pay Revis? As the top of the market is 5.5mil, if he had been offered say 3mil with incentives to make 4mil, I could see where a starter would be motivated to play hard for that. As more details come out, perhaps I'll see this differently. I'll keep an open mind and stay tuned!
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    I like how this move only cost us 1.5 million. That's about what Wright is worth. I didn't think he would re-sign with the Bucs for that amount of money. On a side note, I don't think this move means we won't sign Revis. In fact, I think it paves the way for it. With Wright only costing us 1.5 million we've got plenty of money to sign Revis. We won't make the playoffs without him. None of the CB's in this draft class are talented enough to be a #1 CB right away and Wright sure as hell can't do it.
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    run from revis, if it cost you any first rounder or second, he is great or was before injury, but the problem is the money he wants and the payment under the rookie scale trade up if anything, remember this guy gets advice from unc sean gilbert, remember him the guy who held the rams hostage for more money, he will always want more
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    I am glad this deal got done. This most definitely makes sense. There is no way now that the Buc"s cave in to the Jets and waste our1st round pick on another 28 year old CB that is coming off a serious injury which we know nothing about as to his medical condition Revis. With our 1st round pick we can go for a DT or DE and follow that right back up with another DE or DT or even a CB. Right now the priority is pass rush and still is.
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    Something about Wright I always liked. Even though he had an average year when playing last season, he was struggling with injuries from the previous season. I know he probably wont ever make the Pro Bowl, but I think we'll get a solid year out of him this year. Pair him with Revis and our awesome safeties, and he'll have plenty of opportunites for picks haha..
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    I agree, not sure why I like Wright as well. Can't wait for the draft and the Revis soap opera to end
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