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Eric Wright: Tampa Bay Buccaneers won't trade me


The one-year restructured contract for Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Eric Wright gives the team some flexibility at the position. If the Bucs trade with the New York Jets for star cornerback Darrelle Revis and used the 2013 NFL Draft to find secondary help, Wright might be moved without a burdensome contract.

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That won't happen, according to Wright.

"While we were restructuring, I got a chance to talk to coach (Greg) Schiano and (general manager) Mark Dominik, and I frankly asked if a restructure would mean me possibly getting traded," Wright wrote on his blog, The Tampa Bay Times reported Friday. "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."

Wright's contract was an affordable $1.5 million and might pay up to $3 million through incentives. The Bucs had the worst pass defense in the NFL last season and desperately need an upgrade. Wright sounds confident in those assurances, but things always can change.

Follow Kareem Copeland on Twitter @kareemcopeland.


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