One thing is certain for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers under the leadership of head coach Greg Schiano, he puts up with no shit. Plain and simple. The second year head coach is a no holds barred leader on the sidelines. Whether his actions translate into wins on the field remain to be seen, but Schiano has put his stamp on this team early and often while heading into his second season.
Kellen Winslow Jr, Aqib Talib, and LeGarrette Blount, all once considered to be players with character issues, are all moved elsewhere and now, veteran CB Eric Wright finds himself as a member of the San Francisco 49ers this evening. Tampa has traded Wright to the 49ers in exchange for a conditional draft pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Wright finishes his brief stint with the Buccaneers in as bizarre a fashion as he started it. He was signed to an amazing 5-year, $37.5 million dollar deal as a free agent with $15 million in guaranteed money. He was suspended for four games last year after testing positive for the banned drug, Adderral last season. That suspension meant that he had tested positive for banned substances prior. Wright had to forfeit some of his guaranteed money.
It was widely suspected that the Buccaneers and Wright would part ways this offseason, but he restructured his contract and was poised to come back on a one year deal worth $1.5 million and an additional $1.5 million possible in incentives.
However, in the laundry list of the dozens of players that have been arrested since the conclusion of last year’s Super Bowl, Wright was arrested last week in Los Angeles for suspicion of driving under the influence. In 2012, Wright was arrested on the same charge outside of the Staples Center in Los Angeles, but the charge was eventually dismissed.
This is just the latest move by head coach Greg Schiano and the Buccaneers front office which illustrates the team will not tolerate inappropriate behavior. The move also creates even more questions at the corner position for the Buccaneers. If Darrelle Revis is not ready in week one after coming off ACL surgery, the biggest weakness for the Buccaneers defense in 2012 will be a glaring hole week one of 2013. Tampa Bay had better hope that rookie second-round selection Johnthan Banks is ready to step in and start and that Revis is ready to play. If not, this will be another long year for the Buccaneers.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers open training camp next week. Wright now joins his fourth NFL team after playing for the Cleveland Browns and Detroit Lions prior to joining the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.