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July 22, 2013
CB Wright fails physical; trade with Buccaneers is voided

Cornerback Eric Wright failed his physical with the 49ers today, meaning that the recent trade with the Buccaneers is null and void, according to a report by NFL Network. The 49ers had agreed to trade a late-round pick in 2014 to Tampa Bay for the troubled cornerback pending a physical. The trade was conditional, meaning that if Wright, 27, did not make the 53-man squad the 49ers would not owe the Buccaneers anything.

The sequence promises to re-raise suspicions that the 49ers were not aware of Wright's recent suspicion-of-DUI arrest in Los Angeles before agreeing to the trade. Wright was pulled over on July 12, about a year after another DUI arrest in Los Angeles. He was never charged in the 2012 case and has not yet been charged in this one, either.

The 49ers on Friday said they were aware of the arrest before agreeing to the trade. Jim Harbaugh today deferred all questions about Wright to Baalke, who declined to speak to reporters.

The 49ers now have an open roster spot as they prepare for their first training-camp practice Thursday. They have eight cornerbacks on the roster, four of whom are scheduled for free agency in March.

Wright is a San Francisco native. The Buccaneers released him today.

-- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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