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Thursday, April 11, 2013
Eric Wright took $6.25M pay cut

By John Clayton
ESPN.com

Eric Wright, one of the top acquisitions in the 2012 free-agent market, accepted a $6.25 million pay cut to stay with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to a source.

Wright's new contract is a one-year deal that pays him $1.5 million and makes him a free agent next year. Last year, he signed a five-year, $35.8 million deal that supposedly had $15 million guaranteed.

His four-game suspension last year eliminated the guarantee on his second-year base. He was scheduled to make $7.75 million this year. Because that salary was no longer guaranteed, the Bucs could threaten to cut him if he didn't take a pay cut.

Wright started 10 games last season, finishing with one interception, seven passes defensed and 39 tackles.

With the Wright pay reduction, the Bucs now have $32.9 million of cap room, second most in the league.

The team announced Wright's restructured one-year deal on Tuesday but didn't disclose terms.