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.