Wright Re-signs With 49ers

The 49ers made a fifth move Tuesday (we might have lost count) by re-signing Eric Wright as the team looks to solidify the corner position heading into the draft.

It's 2014, so we'll turn to Instagram to help report the news.

Above is a picture from cornerback Eric Wright's Instagram account, indicating that he has re-signed with the 49ers after a rocky first season with his hometown team.

San Francisco originally traded for Wright in a deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last July, but nixed the deal after he failed a physical. A few weeks later, they signed him as a free agent after he was released by the Bucs.

Wright, a native of San Francisco, had reportedly been arrested for suspicion of DUI a week prior to the trade in Los Angeles. He had similar arrest a year earlier but the case was dropped. Wright was also suspended four games for using performance enhancing drugs during the 2012 regular season.

Wright started the 2013 on the physically unable to perform/non-football injury list and didn't appear in his first game until Nov. 17 in New Orleans. After Carlos Rogers strained his hamstring in Week 17 against the Cardinals, it appeared Wright would step into the nickel role for the postseason. But that job ended up going to Perrish Cox, who was a restricted free agent but wasn't tendered by the team allowing him to test the open market. Wright showed up on the injury report during the week of practice with a hamstring injury of his own, but it didn't prevent him from playing on special teams in frigid Green Bay. Coordinator Vic Fangio said the next week Cox got the nod because he had a better week of practice.

With Rogers released Tuesday, Wright becomes the favorite to land the nickel corner job. Tarell Brown and Cox remain free agents while Tramaine Brock and Chris Culliver are the likely starters heading into the season. San Francisco has 12 picks in May's draft and is very likely to address the position.

Wright signed a massive five-year, $37.5 million deal with Tampa Bay in 2011 that never panned out. Still, Wright is currently the most experienced corner currently on the roster and could benefit greatly from having a full offseason to work with secondary coach Ed Donatell and the rest of the defensive staff.


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