Eric Wright could lose millions on heels of drug ban


Eric Wright lost his appeal for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drug policy, setting in motion the possibility of a devastating financial hit for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback.

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ESPN's Adam Schefter reported on "Monday Night Countdown" that the suspension makes all guarantees in Wright's contract null and void. Wright loses $1.7 million in base salary as he serves his four-game ban, but he also could miss out on $7.75 million next season if the Buccaneers opt to dump the contract.

All told, Wright's suspension has the potential to cost him $9.5 million. If the Buccaneers did cut ties, Wright would recover at least some of that salary with a new team, but there are no guarantees he'll regain close to the same financial security.

Wright signed a five-year, $37.5-million contract with the Buccaneers as a free agent in March. He started the first 10 games of the season before sitting out of Sunday's 24-23 loss to the Atlanta Falcons because of an Achilles tendon injury.

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