49ers Sign CB Eric Wright to 1-Year Deal and Place Him on Injury List

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistAugust 8, 2013

It took a few weeks, but the San Francisco 49ers have finally added cornerback Eric Wright to the roster.

From the team's official Twitter account: 

The #49ers have signed CB Eric Wright (@EWrighteous21) to a one-year deal. http://t.co/WxEig3MMtj

— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) August 8, 2013

A trade was in place that would send a 2014 conditional draft pick to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in exchange for Wright in July, but the move was nullified after Wright failed a physical with the Niners. 

He was promptly released by the Bucs, thus making him available for the 49ers to sign. 

Wright has had an up-and-down year. Last March, he signed a five-year, $37.5 million contract with the Bucs. But in November, he was suspended four games for violating the league's performance-enhancing drug policy after testing positive for Adderall without having a valid prescription for the drug.

Wright was also arrested in July, a week before initially being traded to the 49ers, on a misdemeanor charge.

Despite his off-field troubles, on the field Wright has proven to be a solid player. He has 14 interceptions, 70 passes defensed, three forced fumbles and five fumbles recoveries in six seasons spent with the Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions and the Buccaneers. 

The 49ers now have a stable of cornerbacks that will compete for playing time, with Tarell Brown, Carlos Rogers, Nnamdi Asomugha and Perrish Cox already on the roster.

With Rogers a possible salary-cap casualty—he's 32 years old and scheduled to make $19 million in base salary over the next three seasons—and Chris Culliver done for the year with a torn ACL, Wright could quickly find himself in a battle to for the nickelback role. Before all, though, he needs to prove he's healthy enough to get his name off San Francisco's injury list.