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San Francisco 49ers Trade for Eric Wright; Goodbye Carlos Rogers?


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?

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  • RAYMOND LOZANO

    I think Rogers,Wright and Nnambi and Whitner at Safety,they xhould Start,what do you think about that

  • loverpoint

    This is one of those decisions where Trent Baalke needs to give an explanation for this move. With this move he has effectively told all drafted or UDFA Cornerbacks on the 49ers they have a SnowBalls Chance to make the team.

    What does 5’10″ Eric Wright bring to the team that is missing ?
    What did they give up in the trade to get Wright ?
    Wright is now on his 4th team in 7 years and was about to be released by Tampa Bay, this would be to make way for rookie Jonathan Banks. Before he became a pro Wright had problems with Pete Carroll at USC so he transferred to UNLV. In the NFL he has been suspended once already for PED’s.

    The one area of the 49er team that has not improved since Harbaugh took over as Head Coach, has been the secondary.

    The 49ers have 3 CB’s on their roster all of whom had poor 2012 seasons. Asomugha, Wright , and Rogers.

    DB’s with 7+ seasons in the NFL; Terrell Brown 7, Eric Wright 7, Craig Dahl 7, Donte Whitner 8, Carlos Rogers 9, Nnambi Asomugha 11.