That four-game suspension Eric Wright earned for toying with Adderall a year ago continues to cost the cornerback plenty of money but it hasn't cost him his job with the Buccaneers. Though they have hinted at parting ways with Wright over his violation of the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs, the Bucs have agreed to bring Wright back for another year, though at a reduced salary. The Bucs announced Tuesday that Wright, who originally joined the team after signing a five-year, $37 million contract in March 2012, has agreed to a restructured $1.5 million contract for the 2013 season. The deal includes incentives that could push Wright's earnings for 2013 to as much as $3 million, but that is less than half of what he was initially slated to earn under the terms of his original contract. That pact included a guaranteed 2013 salary of $7.75 million, but the Bucs voided that guarantee and later won a ruling defending their right to do so after Wright was suspended by the league for testing positive for Adderall last November. The Bucs did not issue a comment on the decision to retain Wright, but coach Greg Schiano hinted last month during the NFL owners meetings that the team might be leaning toward bringing him back. "He had some things that kind of tripped him up (last year), but he has been reliable - not only here but in other places where coaches on our staff have been with him,'' Schiano said. "If I didn't feel there was good there, we would have already separated from him, but there is good there.'' Wright could not immediately be reached for comment, but he did post a response to the deal on his Twitter page that read. "Real life. I tell u the money will never (be) equal to the love. #LiveAndLearn #WatchClosely.''
Buccaneers retain CB Wright with one-year deal
Tampa Tribune | Apr 10