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Niners trade for CB Eric Wright (UPDATED: SIKE!)


NOTE: Just kidding, he failed his physical. Trade rescinded.

The San Francisco 49ers have traded a conditional late-round 2014 pick for Bucs' CB Eric Wright. The 27-year old defensive back recently had signed a five-year, $37.5 million contract that included $15 million in guaranteed money, but according to Brian McIntyre of Yahoo! Shutdown Corner, his 2012 suspension for PEDs voided the guaranteed language on his $7.75 million base salary in 2013. He restructured his deal (took a pay-cut) in April to a one-year, $1.5M contract. According to Albert Breer, a source indicated the Buccaneers planned to cut Wright if they couldn't find a trade partner.

The Niners would now have 9 picks in the 2014 draft, assuming the 'conditions' for the pick to be handed over are met.

As Mike Sando points out, Wright has ties to 49ers assistant coaches Eric Mangini and Brad Seely, who were with Wright when all three worked for the Cleveland Browns.

Wright comes in to provide probable depth and competition to San Francisco's defensive secondary; Carlos Rogers is scheduled to make $5.5M in 2013 and Nnamdi Asomugha is on a one-year deal with no guaranteed money. Those two guys are the likely competition for Wright to make the roster.

According to ESPN Insider and former NFL Scout Louis Reddick, "Wright's inability to play at a consistently high level has never been a physical issue." Reddick offers frankly that this is Wright's "fourth team in seven years at premium position," insinuating something is obviously awry with his attitude or effort. However, per Reddick, "Eric Wright does provide San Fran with an elite-level skill set at the nickel position when he has his game clicking on all cylinders."

As Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times points out, the trade comes a week after Wright was arrested for driving under the influence on July 12. He faced a similar charge that was dismissed in 2012.