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March 11, 2014
49ers sign cornerback Eric Wright; Dixon visiting Titans


The 49ers bulked up their secondary a little more today by signing cornerback Eric Wright, whom they acquired last season after he was released by the Buccaneers. Wright is a favorite of general manager Trent Baalke, who believes Wright can play both on the outside and at nickel cornerback. The 49ers will need a nickel corner if, as expected, they lose Carlos Rogers in free agency. Wright signed a one-year deal.

Another veteran cornerback, Tarell Brown, also is a free agent, as is Perrish Cox. When Rogers was hurt early in the playoffs, defensive coordinator Vic Fangio tapped Cox, not Wright, to play the nickel position. Wright, however, currently is the only cornerback on the roster with any meaningful snaps at the critical nickel position.

Wright, a San Francisco native, had several run-ins at Tampa Bay, which prompted his release. Here's a story I wrote about him during the season.

Meanwhile, running back Anthony Dixon, tweeted that he will visit the Titans and his former coach at Mississippi State, Sylvester Croom. Croom is now Tennessee's running backs coach. The Titans, of course, signed Dixon's former 49ers teammate, Delanie Walker, last year.

-- 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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