Eric Wright #21 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers runs from Victor Cruz #80 of the New York Giants during a game at MetLife Stadium on September 16, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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TAMPA - See ya, Eric Wright.
He’s been traded to San Francisco for a conditional draft pick in 2014. Wright won’t even start for SF, but he does bring experience to a position that requires DEPTH, for which the Bucs have zero.
Taking a gander of the Bucs roster, I can see only one experienced cornerback and that’s Darrelle Revis.
God only knows he better be ready to go for the season opener.
Behind Revis have rookie Johnthan Banks, Deveron Carr, Anthony Gaitor, Danny Gorrer, Leonard Johnson, Myron Lewis, Rasaan Melvin and Keith Tandy coming to camp.
Who out that eightsome would you bank your season on? Better yet, pick four out of that group that will be needed to provide nickel, dime and quality backup coverage.
As much as the Bucs said Eric Wright would be coming back, we all knew better.
The problem it didn’t happen soon is that there was no market for him.
San Francisco doesn’t need Wright to plug into a starting role. He’s going to be a backup, if he doesn’t screw up like he did here in Tampa.
I remember the day the Bucs brought in Carl Nicks, Vincent Jackson and Wright for a “splash free-agent” welcoming party.
It was impressive. Even Wright showed a bit of personality. Then I was tipped to see his Facebook page.
There he was in his California cool look, almost like a hip-hop artist.
Hey, I’m not saying that was a tipoff, but it sure was the opposite of what I envisioned as the quintessential “Buccaneer man.”
As the season got underway, it was evident that Wright wasn’t all he was hyped up to be. In 10 games, he had only one pick.
We might be riding him hard here since no corner short of Deion Sanders could have survived in the Bucs defense last season.
But, then came the Adderall incident. The league suspended Wright for four games right at a time they needed him.
His absence hurt. His lack of accountability was evident.
Then came his arrest in LA July 12 on suspicion of DUI..
No way would the Bucs keep this guy around. If they did, they would be talking out of both sides of their mouth.
Which brings me to this question- If the Bucs knew they were going to shop Wright, why didn’t they bring in at least one more veteran corner with experience?
There were a few experienced corners out there that wouldn’t have broken the bank.
They Bucs opted to stock a spot in the draft.
Instead, they went after Mississippi State’s Johnthan Banks in the 2 nd round.
All the draftnicks were high on this guy.
Great. Maybe in a couple of years, maybe three years he’ll be the guy.
The problem is he needs to be the guy RIGHT NOW.
For a team that has a serious lack of depth in the front seven on defense, there is a big gamble going on over at One Buc.
You can bet when the veterans report next week, one of the first questions Greg Schiano will field is on the cornerback position.
I’m glad to see Wright gone. He was no leader in that cornerback room. Hopefully Revis can impress upon the others that it time to step it up.
Training camp hasn’t even really started and already it’s starting to look interesting.
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