Bucs trade CB Eric Wright to 49ers after reported arrest
Even after restructuring cornerback Eric Wright's deal in the offseason, Tampa Bay has decided it has no more use for him and has traded him to the 49ers.
Wright looked to start for Tampa Bay this season, even with the addition of Darrelle Revis, but the Buccaneers also have 2013 second-round draft pick Johnthan Banks. Originally, Wright was supposed to have made $7.75 million this year, but he tested positive for Adderall last year, leading to a four-game suspension.
According to NFL.com, the Buccaneers would have cut Wright if they couldn’t find a trade partner.
"I can assure you the decisions we make as an organization are in the best interest of the team, and we decided to trade Eric Wight and we're looking forward to the start of the training camp,'” Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik said, via the Tampa Bay Times.
This also might have been a problem for Tampa Bay.
The Bucs trade of Wright comes a week after his arrest in L.A. July 12 at 9:15 p.m. on a misdemeanor. He posted $5,000 bond.— Rick Stroud (@NFLSTROUD) July 19, 2013
The Tampa Bay Times went on to report that Wright was arrested on suspicion of DUI. He faced a similar charge in 2012 that was ultimately dismissed.
In San Francisco, meanwhile, the inclusion of Wright leads to an interesting logjam.
Wright will have a relatively cheap contract for 2013 (he was scheduled to make $1.5 million with Tampa Bay) after the restructure erased his original five-year, $37.5-million deal. But Rogers has a base salary of $5.5 million (via spotrac.com, he’s guaranteed $1.75 million of that this year), and his dead money hit to the salary cap would be almost $10 million.
Which might mean Asomugha is the one in trouble here. He’s playing on a one-year, $1.775-million deal with no money guaranteed.
Getting back to Wright, at least one of his former teammates, Tampa Bay tackle Donald Penn, didn’t take the news so well.
I can't believe this trade and I'm just gonna leave it at that smfh— Donald Penn (@DPENN70) July 19, 2013
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