Eric Wright Agrees To Deal With Tampa Bay Buccaneers

DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 23: Eric Wright #21 of the Detroit Lions intercepts a pass from Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons during the first quarter of the game at Ford Field on October 23, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

As expected, cornerback Eric Wright did not end up signing a deal with the San Francisco 49ers, which were busy re-signing Carlos Rogers on Tuesday night. He did end up agreeing to a deal on Wednesday morning, and the deal is not with the Detroit Lions. Rather, he is headed to Tampa Bay to play for the Buccaneers, which were rumored on Tuesday to be interested in him.

Officially, Wright is the first Lions free agent to land with another team. It is believed that the Lions wanted to bring him back after a solid season in 2011, but now we are seeing the reality of their rough cap situation playing out. Wright likely was able to find a better deal on the open market, and he is headed to Florida as a result.

For the Lions, the need to find cornerbacks just went up. Even if Wright had returned a need existed at the position, but now depth is especially shaky with him signing with another team.

UPDATE: Wright's deal with the Bucs is for five years.

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