The San Francisco 49ers have made yet another addition to their secondary, acquiring cornerback Eric Wright from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a conditional draft pick in 2014, the Buccaneers announced.
A six-year veteran, Wright was drafted in the second round in 2007 by the Browns and spent his first four seasons in Cleveland. He played for the Detroit Lions in 2011 before signing a five-year, $37.5 million contract with the Buccaneers.
However, the final three years of that deal were renegotiated, so the 49ers will only pick up one year and $1.5 million of Wright’s contract.
Last season, Wright recorded 37 tackles, no sacks, one interception, one fumble recovery, and one touchdown in 10 games.
Over his career, the 27-year-old Wright has 360 tackles, 14 interceptions, and one sack in 85 games played.
The 49ers have already built up the depth in their secondary this offseason, drafting Eric Reid in the first round of the draft and signing veterans Craig Dahl and Nnamdi Asomugha.
However, with the acquisition of Wright, it is evident that the 49ers are never done improving their team.
The secondary depth chart looks to be much stronger this season. It should make for a much improved season for the Niners’ pass defense that was one of the better units in the NFL for much of last season.
The Niners pass defense was the fourth best unit in the league allowing 200.2 yards per game in the regular season.
A lot of it was due to the strong play of Chris Culliver and Tarell Brown. Culliver was rated as one of the top-10 best cornerbacks in the league for most of the season. Brown has quietly become one of the better cover corners in the league. Last season, he ranked as Pro Football Focus’ 13th best corner.
With the addition of Wright, the 49ers are even more locked and loaded in their secondary.