49ers and CB Eric Wright Agree on 1-Year Contract

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IJuly 19, 2013

Sep 23, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin (19) avoids the tackle of Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Eric Wright during the game at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers agreed to send veteran cornerback Eric Wright to the San Francisco 49ers in exchange for a conditional pick in next year's NFL draft, only to have the deal fall apart after a failed physical. Almost 3 weeks later, Wright is officially a member of the 49ers.


UPDATE: Thursday, August 8, at 4:17 p.m. ET by Eric Ball

The 49ers finally got their man as their official Twitter feed reports:

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UPDATE: Monday, July 22, at 3:34 p.m. ET by Tom Kinslow

The San Francisco 49ers have confirmed that the deal for Eric Wright is dead after the cornerback failed his physical.

Albert Breer of NFL.com had the original report on Wright's status.

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UPDATE: Friday, July 19, at 5:13 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

Tampa Bay Times reporter Rick Stroud adds an interesting detail to Wright's situation:

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Original Text

Wright, a native of San Francisco, appeared in 10 regular-season games for the Bucs in 2012, recording 37 combined tackles and one interception for the struggling NFC South squad.

After acquiring superstar defensive back Darrelle Revis from the New York Jets in a predraft trade earlier this offseason, Tampa Bay felt it had the necessary depth in the secondary to part ways with the experienced Wright.

Meanwhile, San Francisco appears to have been determined to bolster its defensive secondary before the start of the season, adding one more veteran to what should be a hotly contested positional battle this summer, per NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport on Twitter:

The 27-year-old Wright, who starred at UNLV, was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the second round of the 2007 NFL draft and played four seasons with Cleveland before signing with the Detroit Lions in the summer of 2011. 

He would play in all 16 regular-season games for the Lions in 2011, defending a career-high 16 passes and recording a career-high-tying four interceptions that season. 

In March of 2012, Tampa Bay signed Wright to a multiyear deal that has since been reworked, according to Rapoport on Twitter:

San Francisco's pass defense ranked fourth in the league a year ago, allowing roughly 200 yards per game. With Wright on board, the Niners look to improve upon that mark in the upcoming 2013 campaign.

The 49ers will be Wright's fourth team in the last four seasons.


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