Eric Wright's Possible Suspension Makes Life Tougher for Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tom EdringtonSenior Writer IOctober 29, 2012

Is Eric Wright headed to "Suspensionville?"
Is Eric Wright headed to "Suspensionville?"Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images

It's a Bucs life.

Life was looking pretty good after Thursday night, wasn't it?

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers put the smack down on Minnesota, jumped their record to 3-4 with the Raiders looming and 10 days of prep work for those characters.

Now we get this.

"This" is the impending, call it probable, suspension of Eric Wright, that's the overpaid Eric Wright, the same Eric Wright who got $15.5 million guaranteed to him by Mark Dominik.

One numb-skull taking Adderall is bad enough. Aqib Talib has got a week to go on his little "involuntary" vacation. Now we've got Wright?

Let's face it, there was a lot of doubt cast around Tampa Bay when Dominik forked over that kind of money for a guy who is, at best, an average NFL corner.

In case you want to do the math, Wright will earn $7.5 million this year which translates to game checks of $468,750. Are you kidding me?

Now, should Mr. Wright get the bad news from the NFL offices this week, and he's nailed with a four-game hiatus to match his cohort-in-crime, Talib, then Wright stands to lose $1,875,000 if he takes a little "vacation."


It would serve him right, no pun intended.

This is so ridiculous, isn't it? All you have to do to collect your $468,750 a week is to stay drug free. That's not really asking a lot, isn't it?

Heck, Wright's gonna lose more money in four games than a lot of his teammates will make for the entire season.

Wouldn't it be nice, wouldn't it be totally wonderful, if he had a clause in his contract that would negate the second year of guaranteed money if he failed a drug test?

Regardless, the old saying that things are never as good as they seem or as bad as they appear to be sure jumps in here. Things appeared pretty darn good after Thursday night, didn't they?

You can only imagine what Greg Schiano is muttering to himself within the privacy of his office.

"Didn't sign up for this #%@*&^#" or something along those lines.

The good news is that E.J. Biggers stepped in and performed well in place of Talib. The Bucs are 2-1 without Talib.


Now that Wright may be gone this week, do you put free agent rookie Leonard Johnson in Wright's starting berth?

Maybe it's time to go to the wall and look at the "Break In Case of Emergency" glass and put in the call to Ronde Barber. Ahmad Black could slide into the free safety spot. Just a thought.

The Bucs are at work today, getting ready for a trip to Oakland.

Who knows what Wright is getting ready for?

A trip to Suspensionville?

It's a Bucs Life.


Greg Schiano can't comment on Eric Wright: