Cornerback has been an area of consistency for the San Diego Chargers for nearly the past decade. Quentin Jammer was a fixture at the position and so was Antoine Cason for the past handful of seasons. But now those days are gone, and the Bolts will turn the page on an era of corners past. Still, what can the team expect from their current assembly of defensive backs?
Really that is a very subjective question with a variety of possible opinions. Some believe that free agent addition Derek Cox will be stellar and that Shareece Wright along with rookie Steve Williams will do just fine this season. Still, there remain the unconvinced (myself included) that these guys are capable of handling those duties on the regular this year.
Given their lack of proven defensive back depth, the Bolts would make ideal suitors for the beleaguered cornerback Eric Wright. Now that his trade from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to the San Francisco 49ers has been voided, the Bucs decided to cut him loose making him a free agent. Obviously there are reasons for such a talented player being available – namely a DUI earlier this month – but he could still be a huge addition to the Chargers secondary.
Wright is a California guy as he started his collegiate career at USC before off-field issues forced him to transfer to UNLV. He grew up in the area and would be comfortable finding a new home with the Chargers. And while the risks off the field are certainly a concern, the language in any potential contract could include recourse should he have another miscue. Clearly having him in for a visit to at least gauge his potential fit is a win-win situation for both parties.
The reason for the deal to the Niners being voided was reportedly a failed physical, but the team could fail Wright physically if they simply didn’t like the potential fit with the team. There is nothing to suggest that he has any physical issue which makes the situation all the more peculiar. In fact, some reports suggest San Francisco is still very much in the running to land Wright as a free agent.
While Wright to the Chargers is wishful thinking at the moment, it’s a move the team could feasibly make financially to really shore up a suspect secondary at the beginning of training camp. Meeting with him face-to-face to find out if there is mutual interest would be in the best interest of the Chargers, and the team needs to seriously examine the possibility of adding Wright to the roster.