Wright joins competition among 49ers' corners

Wright joins competition among 49ers' corners
July 19, 2013, 2:45 pm
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Carlos Rogers and Tarell Brown have started every regular season game over the past two seasons for the 49ers. (USA TODAY IMAGES)


Nnamdi Asomugha will only receive his $1.325 million salary if he makes the team. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

The 49ers return their top five cornerbacks from last season. They also added two formerly high-priced veterans who will look to win jobs with the club during training camp.

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

[NEWS: 49ers acquire CB Wright from Bucs]

Here is a look at the stable of cornerbacks who will be competing for jobs, beginning Wednesday when veterans are scheduled to report:

Carlos Rogers (6 foot, 192 pounds): He started all 37 games the past two seasons since coming to the 49ers. After recording a career-high six interceptions and earning a trip to the Pro Bowl in the 2011 season, Rogers was not as effective last season after signing a four-year, $29.3 million contract. The opposition posted a 92.9 passer rating against him, according to Pro Football Focus.

[RELATED: Carlos Rogers career stats | 2012 game log]

He is scheduled to earn $5.75 million in salary this season -- $1.25 million of which has already been guaranteed. During the last week of 49ers' offseason program, defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said he still considers Rogers the team's top cover man in the slot.

Rogers' pay for next year jumps to $6.6 million, which will make it difficult for him to remain on the team past this season under his current contract.

Tarell Brown (5-10, 193): He was the 49ers' best cornerback last season in just his second year as a full-time starter. Opposing quarterbacks managed just a 75.2 passer rating against Brown in the regular season. He is scheduled for unrestricted free agency after the season. He could command a lot of attention on the open market.

Chris Culliver (6-0, 199): He played very well in the regular season as the 49ers' third cornerback last season. But he had a disastrous Super Bowl, beginning with his homophobic comments to a radio shock jock on media day. Then, he struggled in coverage against the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII. Culliver is signed through the 2014 season, so he does not appear to be going anywhere.

Nnamdi Asomugha (6-2, 210): A 10-year veteran, Asomgugha struggled mightily with the Philadelphia Eagles the past two seasons upon signing a big-money deal. After getting released, the 49ers signed him to a one-year, $1.325 million contract with no guaranteed money. He has to make the team to get paid. "It remains to be seen how well he can cover," Fangio said last month.

[RELATED: Nnamdi Asomugha career stats | 2012 game log]

Eric Wright (5-11, 192): After four seasons with the Cleveland Browns, Wright earned a big payday based on his four-interception season with the Detroit Lions in 2011. He signed a five-year, $35.295 million contract with the Buccaneers in March 2012. He struggled, surrendering an opposing passer rating of 96.6, as well as serving a four-game suspension for violating the league's policy of performance-enhancing drugs. (He appealed the ruling, saying he took Adderall in the offseason for health reasons.) He agreed to tear up the final three years of his contract for a one-year, $1.5 million deal to remain with the Buccaneers. The San Francisco native (no relation to the former 49ers cornerback with the same name) comes to the 49ers with no guaranteed money.

Tramaine Brock (5-10, 197): He signed a one-year, $1.323 million deal this offseason to return as a restricted free agent. He was the 49ers' fourth cornerback last season. The franchise has been high on him for a while but he has never started any of the 30 games in which he has appeared in his three-year career. Brock played just 21 snaps from scrimmage last season. He also has special-teams value, which increases his chances of sticking.

Perrish Cox (6-0, 190): He was the 49ers fifth cornerback last season but he was the backup to Rogers in the slot. He saw his most action in Week 1 against the Green Bay Packers when the 49ers spent most of the game in their dime package. He also has value as a punt returner. He is in the final year of his contract, too.

Marcus Cooper (6-2, 192): The 49ers took a seventh-round flier on Cooper, who has good size and speed but never won a regular starting role during his time at Rutgers. He began his college career as a wide receiver.

Darryl Morris (5-10, 188): The 49ers awarded Morris an $8,000 signing bonus, which is the most money the team spent on any of the undrafted free agents currently on the team. Morris, who played at Texas State, was clocked unofficially at 4.33 seconds in the 40-yard dash at his pro day. He and Cooper are likely competing for spots on the practice squad.