Eric Wright is headed to the 49ers (USA Today Sports Images)
The Buccaneers have confirmed the trade.
Wright joined the Buccaneers as an unrestricted free agent in 2012, signing a five-year, $37.5 million contract that included $15 million in guaranteed money. Wright was suspended for four games during the 2012 season for violating the league's performance-enhancing drug policy, which voided the guaranteed language on his $7.75 million base salary in 2013.
In 10 games for the Buccaneers last season, Wright had 37 tackles and returned his one interception 60 yards for a touchdown. In April, Wright took a $6.25 million pay cut from the Buccaneers and is scheduled to earn $1.5 million in base salary with another $1.5 million available in playing-time incentives.
By trading Wright, the Buccaneers save $1.5 million in both cash and cap space are banking on a full return to health by cornerback Darrelle Revis, who is coming off a torn ACL and was acquired from the New York Jets in April. The Buccaneers also invested a 2013 second-round pick on Johnthan Banks, who now projects to a starting role.
According to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, Wright was arrested in Los Angeles on July 12 on a suspicion of driving under the influence charge. Wright faced a similar charge during the summer of 2012, but that charge was dismissed. Between the two arrests and a four-game suspension, the Buccaneers were likely at the end of their rope with Wright and were willing to take anything in a trade. Albert Breer of the NFL Network reports that the Buccaneers were prepared to release Wright if they could not trade him.
Meanwhile, Wright joins a veteran group of cornerbacks in San Francisco. Carlos Rogers and Tarell Brown are the projected starters, but Wright could push one of them for a starting job during training camp. The 49ers also added Nnamdi Asomugha to the mix on April 4.
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