49ers sign Wright, place him on injury/illness list

Maiocco: 'Eric Wright needs to have his act together on and off the field'

49ers sign Wright, place him on injury/illness list
August 8, 2013, 1:00 pm
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In six seasons, cornerback Eric Wright has 14 career interceptions and 70 passes defended. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

Eric Wright is not eligible to practice or play until he is removed from the NFI/Illness list. He counts against the team's 90-man roster. (AP)

The 49ers signed veteran cornerback Eric Wright to a one-year contract and immediately placed him on the non-football injury/illness list, the team announced Thursday.

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The 49ers released undrafted rookie cornerback Lowell Rose to make room for Wright on the team's 90-man roster.

"We are pleased to welcome Eric to the 49ers organization and look forward to his contributions," 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said in a statement. "Eric is currently tending to a personal matter and he will join the team as soon as possible."

The 49ers agreed to a trade with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on July 19 for a late-round conditional draft pick. However, the trade was nullified three days later when Wright failed his physical due to an undisclosed condition.

Wright is not eligible to practice or play until he is removed from the NFI/Illness list. He counts against the team's 90-man roster.

The 49ers' last opportunity to place a newly signed player on the NFI/Illness list was before Thursday's exhibition opener against the Denver Broncos. If Wright is not activated before the end of training camp, he can be placed on reserve/NFI and be eligible to play for the 49ers later in the season.

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Wright, 28, is a veteran of six NFL seasons who struggled last year on and off the field in his only season with the Buccaneers.

Wright, who attended San Francisco's Riordan High, was arrested a week prior to the trade in Los Angeles for suspicion of driving under the influence. He was also arrested on July 2, 2012, for suspicion of DUI in Los Angeles. Charges were not filed in the case. He was reportedly arrested and released on $100,000 bail after the car he was driving rear-ended a vehicle near the Staples Center.

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Last season, Wright was suspended four games for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing drugs. Wright lost his appeal, stating he took Adderall for a health issue in the offseason.

Wright entered the NFL as a second-round draft pick of the Cleveland Browns in 2007. After four seasons with the Browns, he had a strong season with the Detroit Lions in 2011. Wright has 14 career interceptions.

When he is cleared to practice, Wright will join the competition for roles and roster spots.

Tramaine Brock enters the 49ers' exhibition opener Thursday night against the Denver Broncos as the leader to take over for Chris Culliver as the team's No. 3 cornerback behind starters Tarell Brown and Carlos Rogers. Culliver is out for the season after sustaining a torn ACL in his left knee last week.

Wright will compete against Brock, Nnamdi Asomugha, Perrish Cox, Marcus Cooper and Darryl Morris for roster spots.

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