Reporting Justin Pawlowski
After becoming one of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers‘ big free agent acquisitions in 2012, Eric Wright’s relationship with the Buccaneers has been a rocky one.
On Friday, that relationship came to an end.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have announced that they have traded Wright to the San Francisco 49ers for a conditional selection in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Wright joined the Buccaneers in 2012, playing in 10 games, while recording 37 tackles and one interception. He began his career with the Cleveland Browns in 2007 and played the 2011 season with the Detroit Lions, starting 16 games and registering four interceptions, before his lone campaign with the Buccaneers.
During his only season with the Buccaneers, Wright dealt with both injuries and a 4-game suspension for the use of a banned substance.
Wright signed a 5-year deal with the Bucs in 2012 for $37.5 million. The guaranteed money was eliminated from his contract due to his suspension, and Wright recently signed a 1-year deal to remain with the Buccaneers for $1.5 million.
The trade of Wright leaves the Buccaneers with Leonard Johnson and Johnthan Banks, a rookie, in a competition to start opposite of Darrelle Revis for the upcoming season.
The positive news with this story is that a move like this shows that the Buccaneers must have confidence that Darrelle Revis’ knee should be close enough to 100% for there not to be any concern about the depth at that position.
Training Camp starts on July 25th.
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