Wright fails 49ers physical, trade nullified

Harbaugh: 'Our guys do a great job of playing within the rules'

Wright fails 49ers physical, trade nullified
July 22, 2013, 12:30 pm
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Eric Wright was arrested for felony DUI last July in Los Angeles after being involved in a motor vehicle accident. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

SANTA CLARA -- Veteran cornerback Eric Wright, whom the 49ers acquired in a trade Friday from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, is no longer a member of the 49ers.

And he's not a member of the Buccaneers, either.

Wright failed his physical Monday with the 49ers, coach Jim Harbaugh said, which nullifies the trade in which the 49ers would've sent a conditional late-round pick to Tampa Bay. Wright reverted back to the Buccaneers, who promptly released him, making him a free agent. Harbaugh did not disclose the specifics on Wright's failed physical.

The 49ers acquired the rights to Wright, a San Francisco native, last Thursday by agreeing to trade a conditional, 2014 late-round draft pick to the Bucs. The 49ers had shown interest in pursuing Wright as a free agent before he signed a five-year, $37.5 million deal with Tampa Bay last season. The sides had discussed a trade for a while, a source said.
 
Shortly after the Buccaneers announced the trade, details emerged that Wright was arrested a week earlier for suspicion of DUI in Los Angeles. He was released on $5,000 bail. The events of Monday prompts the question of whether the 49ers knew about the arrest before making the trade with Tampa Bay.
 
"Really, the better guy to talk to is Trent (Baalke)," Harbaugh said of the 49ers' general manager. "He's got a clear understanding of the specific transaction, so I'll defer to him on that."
 
Baalke, in a statement last week, said the 49ers did their "due diligence" on Wright before the trade. The 49ers indicated Baalke would not address the issue any further.
 
Wright also was suspended four games in 2012 for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing drugs. Wright said he used Adderall for "heath issues."
 
Because the trade terms with the Bucs were conditional, the 49ers are off the hook for any draft pick compensation.

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