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Eric Wright: Buccaneers CB Arrested on Suspicion of DUI

GREEN BAY, WI - JANUARY 1:  Eric Wright #21 of the Detroit Lions looks on during pre game warm ups prior to the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on January 1, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)
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Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IJuly 2, 2012

Looks like Aqib Talib isn't the only cornerback causing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers problems these days.

New free-agent signing Eric Wright, formerly of the Detroit Lions and Cleveland Browns, was arrested on suspicion of felony driving under the influence near the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Monday morning, according to local police, per the Los Angeles Times.

Wright, who has notched 13 interceptions in five NFL seasons, was reportedly involved in an accident at about 2:20 a.m. He allegedly told police officers that he was drinking at a friend's house before the accident, according to the L.A. Police Department's Norma Eisenman. He was booked on a felony because of an injury to another person in the accident after refusing to take a breathalyzer test. 

Wright has been in trouble with the law before. When he was at USC, he was forced to transfer to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2005 after he was arrested on suspicion of rape and found to have 136 ecstasy pills in his apartment.

Wright's recent arrest can't make the Buccaneers feel all warm and fuzzy inside. The 26-year-old was signed to a five-year, $37.5 million deal by the Bucs in March, with $15.5 million guaranteed. He was supposed to revitalize a secondary that included the troubled Talib and 37-year-old Ronde Barber. Tampa Bay allowed opposing quarterbacks to complete 62.6 percent of their passes last season. It ranked 26th in the NFL in that category.

As of now, there is no word on whether Wright will be suspended.

 

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