It appears that the San Francisco 49ers are now comfortable with acquiring Eric Wright, signing the veteran cornerback and placing him on the Non-Football Injury/Illness List, the team announced.
To make room for him, the 49ers released rookie cornerback Lowell Rose.
The 49ers traded for Wright a few weeks ago from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but he failed his physical and the traded was voided. He went back to the Buccaneers, who released him.
So now he winds up in San Francisco, which seemed to be the plan all along.
“We are pleased to welcome Eric to the 49ers organization and look forward to his contributions,” general manager Trent Baalke said in a statement released by the team. “Eric is currently tending to a personal matter and he will join the team as soon as possible.”
That “personal matter” may be related to his DUI arrest the week before the trade. Wright’s court date was set for Wednesday.
“The door is never closed on players,” Baalke said after the trade was voided. “With respect to Eric, there’s always a possibility that he becomes a Niner at some point. Just not now. … All the work we did and the discussion that we had with Eric when he came in here was very positive. There were some concerns. We addressed the concerns, but once again he’s not with us. We’d rather talk about the guys that are here.”
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.
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.