Friday, July 13, 2012
Lawyer: No charges for Eric Wright
By Pat Yasinskas
We’ve obviously been a little tied up with the news that quarterback Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints have agreed to a five-year contract, but there’s been a bit of other news in the NFC South on Friday afternoon.
The attorney for Tampa Bay cornerback Eric Wright announced that the Los Angeles County District Attorney reviewed the facts of his clients’ arrest for suspicion of driving under the influence and has decided not to file any charges. Wright was arrested July 2.
“Eric is glad this is behind him and is eager to begin training camp at the end of the month,’’ attorney Jeremy I. Lessem said in a statement released by the Buccaneers.
This is good news for the Buccaneers, who could have had to shuffle their secondary if Wright’s situation had been drawn out in the legal system or if he had faced disciplinary action from the NFL. The Bucs signed Wright as a free agent from Detroit in March and the plan is to play him opposite Aqib Talib.
The news means the Bucs now can continue with plans to use Wright and Talib as their starting cornerbacks. That also means the Bucs can continue with their plan to move veteran cornerback Ronde Barber to safety, where he’s expected to start opposite rookie Mark Barron.