The Lions lost their first significant free agent when cornerback Eric Wright agreed to a contract with the Buccaneers this morning, ESPN reported. The contract is reportedly a five-year deal but no specifics have been released.
Wright started every game at cornerback last year with 73 tackles and a career-high four interceptions.
He signed a one-year, $3.5 million deal with the Lions as a free agent last summer. Lions general manager Martin Mayhew had said publicly that he wished to re-sign Wright.
The team will now look elsewhere to add talent and depth to a secondary that struggled with injuries and consistency last season.
There have already been a number of cornerback signings early in free agency, including Cortland Finnegan (Rams) and Carlos Rogers (49ers). This could get the Lions involved in the second-tier market at the position.
The Lions could also use the draft to bolster the position, which now has just three players under contract who have played significant minutes (Chris Houston, Aaron Berry and Alphonso Smith).
The Lions like Berry and we could see him play a bigger role next season, possibly challenging for the No. 2 corner spot behind Houston.
Smith was mentioned in trade rumors during the NFL Scouting Combine in February, but the Lions could be looking to hang on to him now that Wright is gone.
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