Originally written on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 7/20/13
(Image from USA Today) After just one season in Tampa, cornerback Eric Wright has been traded to the San Francisco 49ers for a conditional draft pick in 2014. The news came out mid-Friday, just before fans learned Wright was arrested on July 12th for a misdemeanor DUI charge in Los Angeles. Wright had his contract restructured on April 9th because of troubles he faced last season, both legally and inside the league. He was arrested for a felony DUI charge on July 2, 2012 and was suspended four games last season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Wright had his five-year $38 million dollar deal restructured to a one-year $1.5 million dollar deal after his slip-ups in 2012, but the front office had us out to believe they restructured his deal because Wright was remorseful, willing to admit wrong-doings and improve from his mistakes; that was not the case. After the deal had been agreed upon, sources indicated the Bucs had been talking to the 49ers for some time involving a trade for Wright. The Bucs would have just cut him after his most recent arrest had the 49ers not shown interest. So, what does this mean for the Bucs’ secondary, a unit that almost broke a record last season for being the worst pass defense in NFL history? It means that Darrelle Revis better be ready. According to reports from NFL Network, the Bucs fully intend for Revis to be on the field Day 1 of training camp. This is good news, but Wright wasn’t going to take Revis’ spot. Wright’s spot was intended to be opposite Revis, a spot that will now be filled by rookie CB Johnthan Banks. As a second round pick, Banks was going to get a good amount of game-time experience this year, even with Wright on the team. With Wright’s departure, Banks now moves into a full-time starting role. Banks moving to the No. 2 CB spot has its positives and negatives: Positives Banks was a four-year starter at Mississippi State, recording at least three interceptions each season through all four years. At 6’2″ 185lbs, Banks has the body to be a physical cornerback that is effective in the bump-coverage scheme, as well as show off his in-air ball skills. Negatives Teams will look at the Bucs’ secondary as follows: The best CB in professional football (in theory) on one side, and a rookie on the other. If Revis is anywhere between 80-100 percent back to the way we’re used to seeing him, teams will exploit Banks’ inexperience all season long. There’s throwing a player to the wolves and there’s putting a massive target on your back, Banks will experience both. Though Schiano is confident in Banks abilities, both in learning and in skill, Banks will still need time to be effective in a starting role.
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