Eric Wright files grievance, but Bucs confident in their position
The Bucs still seem intent on cutting cornerback Eric Wright.
But Wright is pushing back, filing a grievance against the club and contending that it does not have the right to void his guaranteed 2013 base salary of $7.75 million.
Profootballtalk.com first reported the news this afternoon, saying a ruling is expected on Tuesday. Grievances are heard by neutral parties under the collective bargaining agreement between the league and its players union.
However, the fact that the Bucs have proceeded all along with confidence that Wright’s contract is voidable is telling.
The team’s stance is that language in the contract allows it to void Wright’s guarantees on the heels of his four-game suspension for performance-enhancing drugs last season. Surely the team’s lawyers have made an evaluation based on the contract and the front office has proceeded accordingly.
Two people familiar with the specifics of the contract tell us there’s reason for the team to be confident, indicating the language in the deal suggests the Bucs will enjoy a favorable ruling.
Another fact that indicates the Bucs have a strong position here: Teams typically will attempt to negotiate a settlement with a player rather than risk arbitration if the club feels its case is weak.
What’s at stake is huge: $7.75 million. Even if Wright’s position is weak, he would be unwise to make no effort to prevent the loss of that much money.
Odds are the Bucs come out on top here, still, the decision seems to be out of their hands.