The Tampa Bay Buccaneers considered the possibility of trading Eric Wright this offseason but after he agreed to a steep restructuring, he’s not going anywhere.
Wright’s positive test for Adderall last season that led to a four-game suspension for violation of the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs hurt him in more ways than one. He lost pay during the suspension and the positive test also voided guaranteed money in his contract moving forward.
So, the Bucs chopped his pay and now he will earn a base salary of $1.5 million this season with incentives that give him a chance to double that figure.
According to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Times, Wright says he has been ensured he’s no longer on the market.
“While we were restructuring, I got a chance to talk to Coach Schiano and Mark Dominik, and I frankly asked if a restructure would mean me possibly getting traded,” Wright wrote on his blog. “They told me that would not happen. They told me that they wanted me. Telling me they want me to be there and they're not thinking about trading me — that meant a lot to me. They opened the door for the restructure to happen, so I obviously was ready to take the pay cut to stay and prove myself.”
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