Just days before the veterans report for Training Camp, the San Francisco 49ers have made a move to bolster their defensive backs. The 49ers have traded for Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Eric Wright. The exact compensation is not known but it is believed to be a conditional late-round pick in 2014.
Wright enters a crowded defensive backfield that consists of Tarell Brown, Carlos Rogers, Chris Culliver, Nnamdi Asomugha and Tramaine Brock. Of the six defensive backs, only Culliver is under contract past this year.
It is being reported that another move is not expected yet, so an open competition for the corner back spots is expected to take place during Training Camp with only Brown realistically guaranteed a roster spot. Rogers seems to be the logical person to take a squat on the hot seat for the Niners. After signing a five-year contract last year, Rogers is due over $5 million this year and his play did not live up to expectations after a fantastic first year with the 49ers two years ago.
Wright was on the verge of being released by Tampa Bay until they found a trade partner in the Niners. The 49ers initially showed interest in Wright as a free agent last year.
In my opinion, Brown is the best corner on the roster and one of the most underrated 49ers on the team and he will be a starter at one corner position. The corner position opposite of Brown will be one of the best competitions in Training Camp, with Asomugha and Culliver competing for the spot, especially if the Niners are looking to dump Rogers. Culliver has shown promise in his first two years, but no one knows how he will respond after a poor performance in the Super Bowl and some off-the-field drama, but he is young and has the ability to start.
The Niners run a lot of Nickel defense with three corners and Wright is now in competition for one of the starting spots or as the third corner, which is almost like being a starter.
Who do you think should be the top three corners for the 49ers?