Wright, 27, registered 37 tackles with an interception returned for a 60-yard score in 10 games (all starts) with the Buccaneers in 2012 after signing a five-year deal worth $38 million (with $15.5 million guaranteed) with the team this time last year.
His $7.75 million base salary in 2013 is no longer guaranteed after his four-game suspension last season.
Given that the team is the front-runner to land Darrelle Revis—should the New York Jets decide trade their star cornerback—it makes sense that the Buccaneers would look to cut ties with Wright and get something in return on the trade market.
However, as Florio points out, Wright “would have to agree to a dramatically reduced deal in order to facilitate a trade” and that “could mean that he’ll refuse, making it difficult if not impossible to trade him.”
The 5-10, 200-pound cornerback has played in 85 games (81 starts) and totaled 360 tackles with 1.0 sack, three forced fumbles and 14 interceptions for 314 return yards and two touchdowns in six seasons with three different teams.
Wright was selected in the second round (No. 53 overall) out of Nevada in the 2007 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns and spent four years with the team before spending the last two years with the Buccaneers (2012) and Detroit Lions (2011).
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