An independent arbitrator ruled in favor of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a salary grievance filed by cornerback Eric Wright.
Wright filed the grievance against the team last week seeking to retain the guarantee on his $7.75 million 2013 salary. Arbitrator Shyam Das ruled the Bucs have the right to void the guarantee.
Tampa Bay sought to void the guarantee on Wright’s 2013 salary after he tested positive for a banned substance, drawing a four-game league suspension for violating the league’s policy on performance enhancing substances. Wright said he took Adderall, which is banned without a league-approved prescription.
“When Wright signed a contract stating that he would be in default if he ‘fails...to practice or play for Club at any time,’ he agreed,’’ to the clause allowing the team to void the guaranteed salary, Das wrote in his ruling. “Accordingly, this grievance must be denied.’’
Tampa Bay can cut Wright at any time without having to pay his 2013 salary. Bucs officials have said they will decide before the start of offseason workouts in May whether to keep Wright.