Bucs’ Wright Returns After Tumultuous Season

Although he still has much to prove as a Buccaneer man, Eric Wright is already well established as an NFL survivor.

The fact Wright remains on Tampa Bay’s roster after a tumultuous 2012 season illustrates the survival skills of a 27-year-old cornerback who was forced to apologize to teammates after returning from a four-game league suspension in December.

When Wright was eligible to dress for the season finale at Atlanta, Bucs coach Greg Schiano benched him, raising doubts about Wright’s status in Tampa.

But here he is, working out with the rest of his teammates during steamy offseason practice sessions and vowing to show Tampa Bay fans why the Bucs coveted him as a free agent out of Detroit.

“I feel like I’m a pretty exceptional player,’’ said Wright, a second-round pick by the Browns in 2007. “The world has yet to see that in its entirety. I need to do everything I can to make this team win.’’

Before Wright was suspended for what he claimed was unauthorized use of the stimulant Adderall, he enjoyed some highlight moments in his sixth NFL season.

In a Week 2 loss at the Meadowlands, Wright put the Bucs ahead 24-13 just before halftime on a dazzling 60-yard interception return for a touchdown against Eli Manning of the Giants.

“That should have been the Play of the Year,’’ Wright said of his only pick in 10 starts last season.

Wright’s role is uncertain after the Bucs shuffled their beleaguered defensive backfield in the offseason.

Source: Ira Kaufman, TBO.com