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CB Wright restructures to 1-year deal to remain with Bucs



The Bucs have secured one free agent cornerback -- from last year's class.

Eric Wright, who had four years left on a five-year, $37.5-million contract he signed as a free agent last season, has restructured to a one-year deal in order to remain with the team.

Wright's guaranteed salary of $7.75-million for 2013 was voided when he tested positive for Adderall, a banned substance, and was suspended for four games. He was unsuccessful in his appeal to the league to have the guarantee reinstated.

The restructured contract comes one week after a meeting in Tampa between Wright, general manager Mark Dominik and coach Greg Schiano.

Wright started 10 games for the Bucs last season and recorded 39 tackles, one interception he returned 60-yards for a touchdown in Week 2 against the Giants and had eight passes defensed and one fumble recovery.

By retaining Wright, the Bucs have at least one starting veteran cornerback for 2013. Ronde Barber, who turned 38 on Sunday, still is undecided whether to return for a 17th NFL season.

The Bucs are willing to trade the 13th overall pick in the NFL draft April 25 as part of a compensation package for Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis. If that pursuit falls through, the Bucs are in a good spot to select a cornerback in the first round.

Schiano recently indicated he believed despite his suspension last season, Wright can be a reliable player.

"He has been (reliable),’’ Schiano said. “So he had some things that tripped him up, but he has been a reliable player. Not only here but at other places where coaches on our staff have been with him. If I didn't feel we were good there, we would've already separated.''



[Last modified: Tuesday, April 9, 2013 7:35pm]


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