According to ESPN’s Josina Anderson, the 49ers have added yet another native San Franciscan cornerback to the roster.
Breaking: Tampa trades CB Eric Wright to the 49ers for a conditional late-round pick. The conditional late-round pick is from 2014.
— Josina Anderson (@JosinaAnderson) July 19, 2013
Wright, who will be 28 later this month, has spent time in Cleveland, Detroit, and of course Tampa Bay, who signed him to to a five-year, $37.5 million contract prior to the 2012 season. Wright’s performance, however, did seem to warrant the high price tag, so in lieu of his release, Wright agreed to a restructured one-year deal worth $1.5 million — through incentives, Wright can earn up to $3 million.
Just how bad was Wright last year to warrant the dramatic drop in compensation?
Well, in just 518 snaps, Wright surrendered 35 receptions on 62 targets for 510 yards (158 of which came after the catch) and two touchdowns. Though opposing quarterbacks had a rating of 96.6 when throwing to recievers covered by Wright, the corner still managed to break up six passes and intercept one.
Prior to that, in Detroit in 2011, Wright logged 1129 snaps. He allowed 79 receptions on 125 targets for 879 yards (352 of which came after the catch) and five touchdowns. Wright intercepted four passes and broke up an additional 11.
With Cleveland from 2008 to 2010, he allowed 146 receptions on 240 targets for 1955 yards (652 of which came after the catch) and 14 touchdowns. Wright intercepted eight passes and broke up an additional 22.
It should be noted that, in his career, Wright has traditionally lined up in the slot, which would put him in direct competition with Carlos Rogers.
This will be a homecoming of sorts for Wright, who grew up Hunter’s Point. Here’s how Wright describes growing up in San Francisco on his website:
“I remember seeing used condoms in the drain or a needle on the ground, walking on the way to school,” he said. “It wasn’t all the time or every day that I had to step over drugs or condoms, but on one occasion I saw it, and it was enough for it to stick out in my mind and to vividly remember that to this day.”
I’m sure this time around Wright’s experience living in — or around — San Francisco will be much more pleasant.