NFL Draft 2013: What Eric Wright's new contract means for the Buccaneers' draft plans


With Eric Wright's new deal the Buccaneers have secured at least one starting cornerback this season. With a $1.5 million pricetag that could rise to $3 million (per Ian Rapoport), presumably based on playing time and play quality, Eric Wright's new deal is exceedingly cheap for a solid starting cornerback. So how does this affect the Bucs' plans in the draft, and of course the Darrelle Revis trade?

The Buccaneers still need a new starter at cornerback

With Wright in the fold, Tampa Bay now has one quality starting cornerback. You need at least two, and in the NFL you'd prefer to have three as the third cornerback tends to play around 60% of all snaps. So does re-signing Wright mean the Bucs are free to look elsewhere in the draft? Can they now ignore Darrelle Revis? Absolutely not, because Leonard Johnson simply won't cut it as a starter.

This deal does give them more salary cap room

Yes, the Bucs could use some cap space if they do manage to swing a trade for Darrelle Revis. Re-signing Wright will free up at least $4.75 million in cap space. Add in Dan Orlovsky's cheap new contract of the veteran minimum (according to Rick Stroud) which will count for $620,000 against the cap, and the Bucs have saved themselves some $5.6 million in salary cap space over the past couple of days. That should give them around $33 million in total cap space right now. Not too shabby, and it will give them room next offseason to make a few more moves without necessarily forcing them to cut players due to salary cap reasons.

Darrelle Revis is still a priority

The Bucs have re-signed Eric Wright, but Darrelle Revis still remains a priority. Pewter Report came out with a story claiming that the Bucs love Revis, which should hardly be a surprise given the interest they've shown in him. You don't (reportedly) offer a first- and second-round pick and show a willingness to commit some $15 million per year to a player you don't love.

Does this deal give the Bucs more leverage in these trade talks? Not really. The trade talks aren't really about leverage, but about finding a deal both teams can live with. They both know that if they want to get a deal done, they have no alternatives. A deal will get done or it won't get done based on each team's comfort level with the terms of the trade, regardless of any perceived leverage in negotiations. The Bucs could walk away from the deal at any moment before re-signing Wright, and they can still do so. The same is true for the Jets.

Read more:

Eric Wright restructures contract

Jets want "a lot more" than a 2013 first-rounder

Dan Orlovsky re-signs with the Bucs

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