Cornerback Eric Wright agreed to a one-year deal with the Detroit Lions early Friday morning and is planning to sign it either tonight or tomorrow. Barring another move to acquire a cornerback, he should become a starter in Detroit, and the hope is he will help improve the back seven of what could be a very good defense.
After a rough season in 2010, some people believed there wasn't a lot of interest in Wright on the open market, but he says that's not true. On Friday on Twitter, Wright said he "dealt with 12 different teams during the free agency process." There's no telling how serious the interest he had from other teams was, but The Cleveland Plain Dealer did report that Wright had an offer from the Browns before ultimately choosing Detroit.
Browns cornerback Eric Wright, who had a tumultuous season here in 2010 and ultimately received death threats from fans, turned down more money and a longer deal from the Browns to sign a one-year contract with the Lions, a source told the Plain Dealer.
I think the chance to play on a team with such a good defensive line and the need for a change of scenery contributed to Wright's decision to pick the Lions. I'm sure it wasn't easy to turn down more money, but Wright seems like he wants to prove himself, and in my opinion he has a much better chance of doing so with the Lions rather than the Browns.