Given the circumstances, it is certainly a surprise that the San Francisco 49ers traded for Eric Wright.
Wright was arrested last week in Los Angeles on a misdemeanor charge for DUI and has his court date set for August 7, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
Reports of the arrest surfaced immediately after the trade was announced on Friday, despite the news being a week old. Speculation then mounted that the 49ers were somehow duped into acquiring Wright, who the Tampa Bay Buccaneers would have released anyway had they not found a suitable trade partner.
But, according to Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee, Buccaneers GM Mark Dominik informed 49ers GM Trent Baalke of the arrest before the trade went down.
“We are pleased to add Eric to our team,” Baalke said in a statement. “As an organization, we have done our due diligence and anticipate Eric working hard to contribute to the 49ers.”
A six-year veteran, Wright was drafted in the second round in 2007 by the Browns and spent his first four seasons in Cleveland. The cornerback 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.
Adding Wright is a puzzling maneuver, but it’s never a bad thing to have too much depth.