What's the Wright Move?

Nick Saban has found himself in a difficult situation with defensive tackle Manuel Wright, who has asked the Dolphins to release him because he feels he needs a fresh start. Saban said Thursday he had no intention of granting Wright his wish.

"Our players on this team do not determine what their outcome is relative to their future," Saban said. "They should be focused on what their responsibility is to be a part of this team. When guys don't do those things, there are consequences for it, and they don't determine what the consequences are. That's about as simple as I can give it to you. We don't have any of this stuff when it doesn't work here, ‘Let me go someplace else.'

"That's not how it is. This is the real world. It's business. You have a job. You have a real responsibility to do. If you are not capable of doing that responsibility for some reason, we'll certainly support you and help you."

Wright has been suffering from clinical depression and he said the medication he was taking was making him tired, which is why he eventually stopped taking it.

Peter Schaffer, Wright's agent, praised Saban and the Dolphins for their handling of his client so far, but still Wright thinks being in Miami is bad for him.

Again, that puts Saban in a tough spot. Right now, he has a player who doesn't want to play for his team. So Wright is of no value to the Dolphins right now, regardless of his ability.

But does Saban simply grant Wright his wish and let him go and get nothing in return?

It's not like Saban can call around the league and get something in value in return for Wright, whose conditioning and maturity have been issues ever since the Dolphins took him in last summer's supplemental draft.

And if he does find a taker, does trading Wright set a dangerous precedent?

The only thing Saban can do right now, really, is what he's doing. Maybe in time Wright will realize that there is a price to pay to be an NFL player and there are sacrifices involved.

Wright is immensely gifted physically, but maybe football has always come too easy for him and he never learned about making sacrifices and overcoming setbacks.

There's a price to pay to be a successful NFL player, and if Wright doesn't want to pay that price, and if football is making him depressed, then maybe he should just retire.

The thing he needs to realize is it won't be any easier away from Miami.


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