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Bucs weighing whether or not to keep Eric Wright

Eric Wright was suspended four games for Adderall use and finished with only 39 tackles and one interception in 10 games.

LEAH MILLIS | Times

Eric Wright was suspended four games for Adderall use and finished with only 39 tackles and one interception in 10 games.

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The Bucs have a decision to make soon on cornerback Eric Wright.

The former Lions free agent was a disappointment to the Bucs after signing a 5-year, $37.5-million contract last March.

Wright was suspended four games for Adderall use and finished with only 39 tackles and one interception in 10 games. The suspended voided the $7.5-million in salary guarantees for 2013.

General manager Mark Dominik would be foolish not to use that get-out-of-jail-free card. The only way the Bucs consider keeping Wright is if he agrees to a lesser salary and there are indications he may be willing to do that.

But first, the Bucs have to decide if Wright is worth the trouble. The problem is, they face the prospect of starting two rookie cornerbacks next season. Leonard Johnson and Danny Gorrer did some nice things when pressed into starting roles, but they’re not front line players.

“That’s another one that we’re trying to evaluate in the whole grand scheme of the football team,’’ coach Greg Schiano said. “He’s under contract which is good for us so we’ll make a decision which way we’re going to go when we do if there is something to do.’’

Dominik had even less urgency. “We’ve had very limited discussions and right now I’d say it’s still too early to comment on it,’’ he said.

Look for a decision to be made in a few weeks.

[Last modified: Friday, February 22, 2013 3:13pm]

    

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