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Report: Eric Wright's contract guarantees voided after suspension



Could Eric Wright’s use of Adderall impact his long-term future with the Bucs?

According to a report tonight from ESPN insider Adam Schefter, Wright’s four-game suspension handed down today voids the remaining guarantees in his contract, leaving him in some jeopardy.

If true, that means the Bucs could opt to void Wright’s contract and avoid paying the $7.75 million he is owed in a guaranteed base salary for 2013 – or any other sum for that matter. Wright signed a five-year contract, but the $15 million in guarantees in his deal were all limited to the first two years of the pact.

The Bucs lack depth at cornerback and presumably could use Wright’s services. But $7.75 million is a large chunk of money for a player who hasn’t always played up to his contract value.

The financial penalties associated with Wright’s suspension likely are among the reasons he appealed the ruling and continues to consult with his representatives even after the decision was handed down.

Asked today whether Wright’s suspension could impact his status with the Bucs going forward, coach Greg Schiano said, “I anticipate he will (return in December) and that would lead to the next logical thought – that we'd get him back because he's a good player.”

[Last modified: Monday, November 26, 2012 10:01pm]


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