We knew it might be coming thanks to Jay Glazer's report several weeks ago, but Tampa Bay Buccaneers' cornerback Eric Wright has been hit with a four-game suspension for violating the league's performance enhancing drug policy by using Adderall without a prescription.
Head coach Greg Schiano confirmed Wright's suspension today and confirmed that he will be out for the next four weeks. Wright will be eligible to return for Tampa Bay's Week 17 finale against the Atlanta Falcons.
As a result of the suspension, Wright losses $1.7 million off of his $7.25 million base salary this season.
But that's not all.
ESPN's Adam Schefter is also reporting that Wright's $7.75 million guaranteed salary for next season is now null and void due to his suspension.
That means the Bucs can release Wright, who signed a five-year, $37 million contract this past offseason, after this season and not be on the hook for any more money.
And that's likely what will happen.
Look, the precedence has been set by Schiano. Kellen Winslow, Dez Briscoe, Brian Price, Tanard Jackson, and Aqib Talib all had off-field problems like Wright and they were shown the door.
Wright has been nothing but a headache since coming to Tampa Bay and he hasn't lived up to the huge contract at all.
And while Wright's absence will leave the Bucs extremely thin at the cornerback position, they aren't missing much.
The 27-year-old has just one interception, which was pick-six in Week 2 against the New York Giants, seven passes defensed, and 39 tackles. He has started 10 of 11 games this season and the Bucs still have the worst pass defense in the NFL.
When the Bucs signed Wright, they thought they had a guy they could plug into the starting lineup for the next five seasons.
Now, it looks as though Wright will be one-and-done with the Bucs.
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