As expected, cornerback Eric Wright did not end up signing a deal with the San Francisco 49ers, which were busy re-signing . He did end up agreeing to a deal on Wednesday morning, and the deal is not with the on Tuesday nightDetroit Lions. Rather, he is headed to Tampa Bay to play for the Buccaneers, which were rumored on Tuesday to be interested in him.
First deal of day is in: CB Eric Wright reached agreement with Tampa Bay, signing deal today.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 14, 2012
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.