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Schiano noncommittal on Wright's future

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Cornerback Eric Wright was one of the Bucs biggest free agent acquisitions in the offseason, signed to a five-year $37.5 million contract.

But it's become a question of whether Wright's first season in Tampa Bay will be the last.

Wright, 27, who was eligible to return after a four-game suspension for violating the league's drug policy, practiced all week and said he was healthy. But Wright was still inactive for Sunday's win over the Falcons.

The Bucs didn’t attribute the decision to anything contract-related, but it can’t be ignored that Wright’s suspension enables the Bucs to void the guarantees in his $37 million contract.

In Monday's season-ending news conference, coach Greg Schiano was noncommittal on whether Wright will be back.

"I can't tell you waht his future is with the Bucs, because that hasn't been determined yet," Schiano said.

Wright packed up his locker, and admitted it was an "up and down year," from his Achilles injury to the suspension that he stemmed from using Adderall. He didn't appear certain either on his future.

"I'm under contract, so, mentally, that's the way I'm going into the offseason," Wright said. "Just the way I'm thinking."

-- JOE SMITH

joesmith@tampabay.com

 

[Last modified: Monday, December 31, 2012 11:16am]

    

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