By Eric Schmidt

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers learned yesterday that CB Eric Wright lost his appeal and will be suspended for the next four games. Wright was a free agent acquisition this past offseason, inking a five-year $38 million dollar contract. His suspension now voids any guaranteed money that he was scheduled to earn next season. Given the fact that the Buccaneers feature the league’s 32nd ranked pass defense, will Tampa bring in free agent Stanford Routt for a workout?

Wright has been unremarkable this season for the Buccaneers and has been hampered with an Achilles injury. Wright was a late scratch in Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons. His absence resulted in a career day by WR Julio Jones while QB Matt Ryan completed over 80% of his passes. Ryan started the afternoon completing his first 10 passes and finished his outing by completing nine of his last 10 attempts.

The Buccaneers moved CB Aqib Talib out of town at the trade deadline and now with Wright out, the Buccaneers will start E.J. Biggers and rookie Leonard Johnson as the team’s corners. As the Buccaneers prepare to travel to Denver to face the red hot Peyton Manning, that defensive pairing does not strike fear in the hearts of offensive coordinators around the league.

Routt started the season on the Chiefs roster and was subsequently released. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported last week that Routt clashed with coaches while with the Chiefs and missed curfew before being released. After clearing waivers, Routt visited the Detroit Lions, another team with secondary issues, but he left without a contract.

At this point, the Buccaneers have nothing to lose by bringing him in for a workout. Routt has 4.27 speed and if head coach Greg Schiano thinks he can get him to buy into the new chemistry he’s instilled with the Buccaneers, signing Routt would be a low-risk, high reward scenario.

The speedster has 12 career interceptions and has more starting experience in the league than E.J. Biggers and Leonard Johnson combined. A workout costs nothing and the Buccaneers need all the help they can get in the secondary right now.




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Readers Comments (3)

  1. avatar Ray Sanders

    I think Ruott would upgrade from what is now on the roster. Johnson shows promise, but will take time since he’s only a free agent rookie. Biggers is basically a fill in type, as are most of the corner backs on the roster. Who to let go? I think we should keep Danny Gorrer over Myron Lewis, so Myron Lewis should go as 3 years should be enough time to prove himself. He should be regarded as a failure in my opinion. Routt has proven he can play in the NFL and should be a major upgrade in talent over what we have left for corners.

  2. avatar carlb

    why would greg schiano a obvious college coach whom expects discipline from his players take in a malcontent like this guy. if only to put fear in manning eyes. please he should have stayed with kc they were awful with him and awful without him so whats the value?

  3. avatar Russ Miller

    I agree with carlb. Schiano prefers impressionable, receptive minds to veterans with a history of discord. Routt’s main accomplishment in the NFL is still his draft combine 40-yard dash time, which is why Al Davis reached down and drafted him a couple of rounds higher than his other accomplishments merited. The Bucs’ GM has never shown much interest in speedy little cover cornerbacks, preferring bigger ones that can play zones in the flats where pressing and tackling are much more important. To top the whole thing off, the Bucs feasted off Routt when they crushed the Chiefs last month. It’ll be hard to find a Bucs coach who Routt impressed that day.


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