Eric Wright fails physical with the 49ers, will be released by the Buccaneers

Brian McIntyre
July 22, 2013

Cornerback Eric Wright has failed his physical with the San Francisco 49ers, Albert Breer of the NFL Network reports.

With Wright failing his physical, the pending trade between the 49ers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers will void and Wright will revert back to the Buccaneers' active roster. According to Breer, the Buccaneers plan to release Wright, which they were going to do had the 49ers not offered a conditional late round pick for him last Friday.

Shortly after the 49ers acquired Wright, reports surfaced that he had been arrested on suspicion of DUI charges in Los Angeles on July 12. Wright was arrested on a similar charge last July, but that charge was dismissed. Wright is coming off hamstring and Achilles' injuries, but Monday's failed physical will surely raise questions about whether or not the 49ers were actually aware of Wright's arrest when they acquired him from the Buccaneers.

The Buccaneers signed Wright to a five-year, $37.5 million contract that included $15.5 million in guaranteed money last March. Though Wright would not be disciplined for his DUI arrest, he would serve a four-game suspension for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs. That suspension cost Wright $1.706 million in base salary last season and voided the guaranteed language on his $7.25 million base salary for the 2013 season.

In April, Wright took a $6.25 million pay cut to remain with the Buccaneers, but the team's decision to acquire All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis from the New York Jets before the 2013 NFL draft and to select Mississippi State cornerback Johnthan Banks in the second-round of the draft provided options to the team in regards to Wright.

Once released, Wright, who turns 28 on Wednesday, will immediately become a free agent. Wright played fairly well during his season, so he is expected to receive some interest from other teams. Given his recent off-field track record, however, he's likely looking at one-year deal at the league minimum salary of $715,000, less than 10 percent of the $7.25 million he was originally scheduled to earn this season.