Well, that was quick. Albert Breer of NFL Network reported today — and Jim Harbaugh confirmed during his press conference — that recently acquired cornerback Eric Wright has failed his physical and as a result, the trade between the 49ers and the Buccaneers to acquire Wright for a conditional draft pick is void.
I’m almost nervous to write about this, because now all of East Bay Sports Guy’s hard work laboring over Eric Wright and Carlos Rogers’s statistical similarities and a good portion of my latest BASGCast with Bay Area Duck Guy is essentially meaningless. The Buccaneers will reportedly release Wright, so with my luck, the 49ers will just sign him again and this post will be equally useless.
Meanwhile, we mourn the loss of Wright. Eric, we hardly knew ye. No Eazy-E references for us. No looking back sentimentally to the glory days of 49ers’ secondaries. And so much for this exciting storyline to watch during training camp. This meme, made by @AnthonyLy49, pretty much sums it up:
The 49ers will be fine at cornerback. The move was more to create camp competition and provide San Francisco with a replacement should they decide to release Carlos Rogers and save themselves some cap space. The team lost nothing for Wright’s failed physical — the trade is simply voided, and everything goes back to the way it was four days ago. Poof!
Why the 49ers decided to part ways with Wright is up for speculation. It may have something to do with his recent DUI arrest, although both the 49ers and Buccaneers confirmed full disclosure prior to the trade. Perhaps Trent Baalke wasn’t interested in taking chances on a two-time DUI suspect and failed-PED testee. I’m sure Mike Florio would love the above alternatives, while the more reasonable explanation may be that the cornerback simply isn’t healthy after suffering an Achilles injury in Week 10 of 2012.
The truth is, none of us will ever know the real reason why the 49ers rejected Wright. Harbaugh was asked about it today, to which he referred the media to Trent Baalke … who wasn’t available to the media. And when it comes to this subject, he probably never will be.