49ers trade voided after Eric Wright fails physical, Bucs release him
The 27-year-old Wright was traded to the San Francisco 49ers on Friday, with the Bucs set to receive a conditional draft pick in 2014 in exchange. But after failing a physical with the 49ers, Wright’s rights reverted back to the Buccaneers, who ended up releasing him today. San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh declined to provide specifics of what portion of his physical Wright had failed.
"We don't ever talk about that," Harbaugh said on Monday. "The information is he didn't pass his physical, he's not on the team."
Eric Wright’s release follows shortly after it was revealed over the weekend that he was arrested on DUI charges in early July, just a week before the trade to San Francisco. According to reports, Tampa Bay general manager Mike Dominik said that the Niners were aware of Wright’s recent arrest, prior to agreeing to the trade.
This is not Wright’s first DUI incident since joining the league. Wright, who signed a five-year, $35.3 million contract with Tampa Bay before the 2012 season, was previously suspended by the first four games of last season for violations against the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy after being arrested in 2012 on felony DUI charges. Consequently, Wright took a significant pay cut for the 2013 season to remain with the Buccaneers after being suspended. But the seventh-year pro will now become a free agent again after the trade from the Bucs to the Niners was voided.
Had Wright passed his physical, he would have joined a San Francisco 49ers’ secondary that included Carlos Rogers, Nnamdi Asomugha, Chris Culliver and Tarell Brown. The Bucs were supposed to release Wright had they been unable to orchestrate a trade for him in the first place, even though they faced the possibility of facing the possibility of starting rookie cornerback Johnathan Banks opposite Darrelle Revis following Wright’s departure.
Eric Wright started 10 games for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last season, while registering 31 tackles, one interception and seven passes defensed. He also played previously for the Detroit Lions and Cleveland Browns over the first five seasons of his NFL career.