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Monday, March 11, 2013
Eric Wright putting up a fight

By Pat Yasinskas

Tampa Bay cornerback Eric Wright reportedly is appealing the voiding of his $7.75 million guaranteed base salary for 2013.

Wright’s guarantee was voided after he served a four-game suspension for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances last season. I’m not sure what Wright is basing his appeal on, but I don’t know that he’ll have much of a case.

I just spoke with one former NFL general manager that told me it’s very typical for teams to include contract language that voids guarantees in the event of such suspensions. I’m pretty sure Tampa Bay general manager Mark Dominik would have taken the same precaution.

At the moment, Wright still is on Tampa Bay’s roster and counts $7.75 million against the salary cap. But, unless Wright somehow wins his appeal and gets his guarantee back, he almost certainly will be released before the start of the offseason program in April.