49ers acquire CB Wright from Bucs

49ers acquire CB Wright from Bucs
July 19, 2013, 1:00 pm
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The 49ers will pick up Eric Wright's one-year, $1.5 million contract. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

The 49ers acquired cornerback Eric Wright, a six-year veteran, in a trade with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a late-round conditional pick, the Buccaneers announced on Friday.

The 49ers showed interest in Wright, a native of San Francisco, as a free agent in 2012 before he signed a five-year, $35.295 million contract with the Buccaneers. 

Wright's contract was renegotiated in April, so the 49ers pick up a one-year, $1.5 million contract. Wright attended Riordan High in San Francisco before playing collegiately at USC and UNLV. He was a second-round draft pick of the Cleveland Browns in 2007. He played for the Detroit Lions in 2011 before his one season with the Buccaneers.

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The addition of Wright complicates the 49ers' cornerback position. The 49ers return their top five cornerbacks from last year, including starters Carlos Rogers and Tarell Brown. Chris Culliver, the third corner from last year, as well as Tramaine Brock and Perrish Cox, are also under contract. The 49ers added veteran Nnamdi Asomugha with a one-year contract in the offseason.

Earlier on Friday, the 49ers waived undrafted rookie Lowell Rose to make room on the roster for Wright.

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Wright was suspended four games last season for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing drugs.

"This is a result of taking Adderall at the end of July for health issues I was experiencing," Wright said in a statement in November. "I am extremely disappointed that the suspension was upheld at my appeal."

 

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