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.
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