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July 19, 2013 @ 3:47 pm
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Wright Runs Out Of Chances With Bucs; CB Traded To 49ers

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Eric Wright's one-year troubled Buccaneers career ended on Friday with the announcement of a trade to the 49ers. Wright was suspended in 2012 for four games after testing positive for Adderall.
Bucs rookie cornerback Johnthan Banks may be thrown in the fire faster than most anticipated.

The Buccaneers announced late Friday afternoon they have traded the beleaguered former Browns and Lions cornerback to the San Francisco 49ers for a conditional draft pick in 2014. Sources tell PewterReport.com that the draft pick is a low-round selection and has conditions that could improve what round it ends up being.

Sources tell PewterReport.com that Wright was arrested on a misdemeanor charge in Los Angeles earlier this month and the arrest was the proverbial straw that broke the camels back. The Buccaneers had made it clear all offseason that Wright was on a very short leash with no margin for error.

Wright’s just over one-year tenure in Tampa Bay has been tumultuous to say the least. After signing a five-year $37.5 million dollar deal in the spring of 2012, Wright was soon diagnosed with an undisclosed illness that kept him out of much of the offseason work with his new teammates. Doctors were later able to diagnose and treat the illness, and Wright suffered little effects after being placed on medication.

In July of 2012 Wright was arrested on suspicion of driving while impaired, although the charges were later dropped. During the 2012 season Wright, like the entire secondary for the most part, struggled to master defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan and head coach Greg Schiano’s defense. Wright also has minor injury issues with an Achilles and a back injury that forced him to miss parts of games during the first half of the 2012 season.

Wright’s biggest blunder however, was being nailed for violating the NFL’s policy on performance enhancing drugs after testing positive for Adderall. Wright was suspended for four games late in the season, and after completing his four-game sentence, was placed on the inactive list for the Bucs final regular season game against the Falcons.

Most expected Wright to be released immediately following the season, however, Schiano and general manager Mark Dominik decided to wait until the spring to make a decision. After voiding his contract based on behavior clauses – which Wright appealed and lost – Tampa Bay and Wright agreed on a one-year, $1.5 million dollar deal.

Most had Wright tabbed as the cornerback that would start the season lined up across from Darrelle Revis who Tampa Bay acquired earlier this year in a trade with the Jets. Tampa Bay added Banks in the second round of this spring’s NFL Draft who the organization is high on, and it now appears the former Mississippi State star will get the first shot at taking over the starting role, although last year’s midseason starter Leonard Johnson will also be in the mix.

Last modified on Monday, 22 July 2013 14:36

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    Actually, Grimm kept his nose clean while being a starter. He only showed his rear end after returning, from the broken leg, to find his job had been taken. Wright has been a one man circus for most of his career. Ask the Lions front office after they signed him from his previous team. Dom took a chance on Wright for the team's situation at the time. I think he has, very cleverly, redeemed himself. Let's see how our secondary looks this season before we low rate Dom.
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    Guys i hate to point this out but something stinks at ONE BUC PALACE.Cody Grimm got arrested twice this summer for the same thing basicly being drunk in public why is he still on the team.HUM I WONDER BREAD!!!!!
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    Grimm is not considered starter material and has been on the team for several years without incident prior to this year. There is a difference in walking around in public intoxicated and another to getting Felony DUI's and a 4 game ban. Wright also had run in's with the law in Detroit.
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    Well depth in the Secondary just took a hit. Banks better be the next coming of Donnie Abraham and Revis better stay healthy and play at the Pro Level he has in the past or this team can be looking at a repeat of last season.
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    This was inevitable. At least Dominik got something in return. Now Wright can join his beloved 49ers and Johnson can have a better chance with his beloved Buccaneers.
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    All GM including the patriot's should take notes from Dominic. Put those clauses in those contracts.
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    Can we all just take a moment to recognize what a colossal idiot Write must be to get ANOTHER DUI last month after everything he lost from partying this last year? This guy clearly has problems and i won't be surprised if we find out down the road that he is an alcoholic. Remember that apparently he was busted for Aderol because he took it so that he could party and drink heavily the night before practice and still show up the next day. What moron.
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    Banks has a lot more upside than Wright. I am fine with letting Banks learn on the field, because he would have beaten out Wright eventually anyway. It also gets Johnson on the field early as the nickel back, which should result in a lot more interceptions and Johnson is a real physical tackler too. I am glad Wright is gone. Just another bad apple like Talib. Better to unload him now before he upsets the good chemistry that Schiano has instilled. As far as depth goes, Tandy, who has real good speed and size, played DB for WVa, and could step up there if injuries hit. Black should be the backup Safety if an injury happens there. We will be fine! Let Revis tudor Banks in camp!
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    Johnson played better than Wright did last season. I say it now and am looking for Johnson and Banks to share the duties this season. Makes no difference to me which one starts.
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    On a moral level this had to be done on a depth level this is a huge loss not because Wright is that good but because he is an adequate starter with experience and now we have practice player squad players back in numbers 3-5 on the depth chart unless you think L Johnson who got burned so many times last yr I lost count is good. If Revis or Banks goes down to injury you will see a repeat performance of last yrs secondary, hopefully we can sign a player cut do to salary cap with experience to help us out.
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    Its obvious that no matter how bad it makes Dominic look for signing him in the first place that Shiano does not put up with any BS and expects his players to uphold strong character on and off the field!!
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    @Netwalker... Thought the same thing as I was reading the article. This reminds me of last year, first Barth and now Wright. Now we are back to square one, only one proven CB. Not picking up a CB in F/A was a huge mistake.
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    Surprising move at first, but I'm fine with it. Especially since he got in trouble with the law again earlier this month. Never liked him as a player, but he was better than Biggers so I didn't mind him being on the team. But I liked him as a person even less so this latest screw up was the nail in the coffin. Props to PR for getting the scoop about the earlier arrest. I wonder if the 49ers know this if they gave up a draft pick for him? Probably. I also hope this means we won't end up cutting Gaitor.
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    His best moment as a Buc: the interception returned for a TD vs the Giants. Worst moment: When he awkwardly somersaulted over a Saint receiver that wasn't down after Barron put a lick on him in, ending in a Saint TD and a team lowlight/blooper.
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    Good riddance, moron. And I agree 100% with Netwalker with everything he said.
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    Though I am a fan of Dominic, one has to wonder if he did his homework before signing Wright in the first place. That said, at least he cut his losses and even got a pick for his troubles.
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    Good! don't let the door hit ya Go Bucs
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