The Buccaneers plan to release cornerback Eric Wright due to his suspension for testing positive for Adderall last fall, but the former Lion is fighting those plans and has filed a grievance to try and stop the move that will save Tampa Bay $7.75 million.
Last spring the Buccaneers held a press conference introducing their “Big Three” free agent prizes. Wide receiver Vincent Jackson, guard Carl Nicks and cornerback Eric Wright were all signed within hours of the start of the 2012 free agency period creating optimism in Tampa Bay.
One year later, Tampa Bay has plans to release Wright, but the former Browns and Lions cornerback isn’t going without a fight.
Monday reports surfaced that Wright has filed a grievance to contest his impending release.
When Wright was suspended for testing positive for Adderall last season, many felt it was just a formality before the Buccaneers would part ways with Wright. The language of Wright’s contract (as most NFL contracts do) called for a behavioral clause to protect Tampa Bay for this type of specific infraction.
A source told PewterReport.com back in January that the Buccaneers were almost certain to release Wright before the first offseason workouts began. The reason being, that if Wright were to injure himself, for example as Da’Quan Bowers did last spring (Achilles), then the Buccaneers would be on the hook for the entire $7.75 million due in 2013.
Wright, like the rest of the secondary struggled in 2012 and was part of a unit that surrendered 4,758 yards and 30 TDs through the air. Wright also struggled to stay healthy, with a series of nagging Achilles and back injuries. Wright appeared in 10 games for Tampa Bay and recorded 37 tackles and one interception.
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