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August 4, 2013
Harbaugh: 49ers still assessing CB Eric Wright

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Jim Harbaugh said the 49ers have maintained contact with Eric Wright, who did not pass a physical with the team last month, and they currently are "assessing" the free-agent cornerback. The 49ers initially traded a late-round draft pick to Tampa Bay for Wright, but the deal was scuttled when Wright failed the physical. The Buccaneers released him and he became a free agent.

The need for another cornerback grew last week when Chris Culliver, the team's No. 3 cornerback, tore an ACL, which will knock him out for the 2013 season. Tramaine Brock mostly has filled in -- and filled in well -- as the No. 3 cornerback since. The 49ers also have Perrish Cox and Nnamdi Asomugha as backups. Brock, Asomugha, Cox and starter Tarell Brown, however, all entering the final year of their contracts.

Wright also is dealing with a recent DUI arrest in Los Angeles. He has not yet been charged in that case. Wright also was arrested nearly a year ago in Los Angeles for felony DUI but never was charged. A breath-test taken at that time registered 0.0, his attorney said.

Wright is tentatively scheduled to have his initial court date Wednesday, a day before the 49ers host the Broncos in the team's exhibition season opener. Wright does not have to be present on that day.

Wright, who is from San Francisco, suffered an Achilles' injury last year in Tampa, although the 49ers have not said that's what prompted him to fail his physical. He also was given a four-game suspension after violating the league's performance-enhanncing drug policy.

Last month, general manager Trent Baalke made it clear that the 49ers did not sign Wright because of the failed physical and not because of the recent DUI.

"I'd ask you guys to do your due diligence as well and find out the facts surrounding it," said Baalke, who did not divulge those facts. "And I think when you did that, that particular incident in and of itself - certainly we were aware of it, certainly it's a red flag. But I don't think what's being reported is really the facts around it."

-- Matt Barrows



MATTHEW 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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