According to NFL.com the San Francisco 49ers traded a conditional 2014 draft pick to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for cornerback Eric Wright.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 19, 2013
The Buccaneers would have released Wright had they not found a team to trade him to. Depending on the details of the conditional 2014 draft pick, this could be a great move by the Niners. When a conditional draft pick is included in a trade the pick is usually based on the performance of the traded player and/or his new team.
There are some concerns with Wright as he was arrested for a DUI last July. Then in November, he was suspended for four games for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy. Wright explained the reason for the PED violation was because of taking the prescription medication Adderall without following the proper procedures. That seems to be the standard line of all NFL players after they are suspended because the NFL does not disclose the substances players tested positive for.
Wright signed a five-year, $37.5 million contract in 2012 with the Bucs before his DUI arrest and PED suspension. Because of his suspension, Wright’s 2013 salary went from $7.75 million to $1.5 million after he agreed to a restructured contact. The 49ers will be on the hook for the $1.5 million this season. San Francisco will be the cornerbacks fourth team he has played for, should be make the regular season roster.
In six seasons in the NFL Wright has a career total of 360 tackles, 14 interceptions and 70 passes defended. Last season he played in only ten games because of injuries and his suspension. Wright became expendable after the Bucs traded for Darrelle Revis and drafted Johnthan Banks in the second-round. Revis and Banks are expected to start at CB for Tampa Bay this season.
The 49ers now have plenty of cornerbacks to choose from to start in the secondary this season. In addition to Wright, Tarrell Brown, Carlos Rogers, Nnamdi Asomugha, Chris Culliver and Perrish Cox are all expected to battle in training camp for the right to be the two starting CB’s. Brown and Rogers held down the starting roles last season, but it is an open competition at cornerback.
Brown will likely remain a starter at cornerback which means Wright, Asomugha and Rogers will be battling it out to start on the opposite side of the field. Rogers is set to make $8.1 million this season, but if Jim Harbaugh and his coaching staff don’t see improvement in him from 2012 he could be released because of how much money he is owed. There is no way the team will pay Rogers $8 million to be a backup.
I hope Asomugha has resurgence with the Niners, but he could get cut as well if he does not show improvement. He is not a lock to make the team because he received no guaranteed money from the one-year deal he signed with San Francisco.