The deal is officially done, and at long last Eric Wright is a San Francisco 49er.
The 49ers originally traded with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for Wright last month but ended up failing him on his physical for unknown reasons. However, that didn’t stop General Manager Trent Baalke from saying it was still a possibility that the 49ers would still pick him up.
“We are pleased to welcome Eric to the 49ers organization and look forward to his contributions,” Baalke said in a statement from the team. “Eric is currently tending to a personal matter and he will join the team as soon as possible.”
The personal matter is legal in nature, and Wright has been put on the Non-Football Inury/Illness list for the time being while he sorts it out.
Wright has had his fair share of troubles since entering the league. Last month he was arrested in Los Angeles on DUI charges and had to post a $5,000 bond. His second court date was scheduled for yesterday. He was also arrested last year on suspicion of driving under the influence, but those charges were eventually dropped.
Wright signed a one-year deal Thursday and will enter a four-way a battle for the third cornerback position left vacated by Chris Culliver’s torn ACL.
Perrish Cox, Tramaine Brock and Nnamdi Asomugha have been splitting reps so far in training camp. Wright is the most talented of the bunch. If he can keep his nose clean, he should earn the spot, giving the 49ers some decisions to make.
The team waived cornerback Lowell Rose to make room for Wright on the roster.