By Tom Krasniqi (Twitter: @TKras)
From the time he was signed as a free agent, the relationship between Eric Wright and the Bucs was not a good one. Now, the divorce is final.
On Friday, the Bucs dealt Wright to the 49ers for a 2014 conditional pick. The Bucs signed Wright to a lucrative 5-year deal before the 2012 season. Wright was suspended for 4 games last season for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Because of that suspension, the Bucs were able to void the guarantees in Wright's contract through an arbitrator. The Bucs and Wright restructured his deal, agreeing to a 1-year deal in the offseason to bring him back.
Our own Rick Stroud reports the final straw came on July 12th when Wright was arrested for suspicion of DUI out in L.A. for the second time in as many years. Wright was arrested last July on a similar charge but was later dismissed. Wright was on a zero tolerance policy with the club.
The move comes less than a week before training camp begins. 2nd rounder Johnthan Banks figures to be the favorite to start at CB opposite Darrelle Revis, whom the Bucs say will be ready for the start of camp "in some capacity". The Bucs must feel confident that Revis will be ready to go for the season opener. They also feel confident in Banks as well as holdovers Leonard Johnson and Anthony Gaitor. Keep an eye on undrafted free agent Deveron Carr. The Bucs paid a heavy price (reportedly about $20,000) to sign Carr after the draft. He as the size, speed and press coverage ability that the team craves.
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