Since the original Eric Wright, the 49ers haven’t had much luck with cornerbacks who have that last name. Today Shareece Wright, who was signed with the hopes that he’d start this year for the 49ers, pulled a LaMichael James.
He deleted the tweet, which was posted shortly before inactives were announced. Wright was listed as inactive for the third straight week, and the “politics” comment is strange since it’s not like Kenneth Acker is some golden boy high draft pick (Acker was picked in the sixth round in 2014 and sat out his rookie season). Unless Wright was listening to Jay-Z’s classic first album, this was probably a reference to the money he’s losing.
I found this on Niners Nation (emphasis mine):
The San Francisco 49ers signed cornerback Shareece Wright last week to a one-year contract, and Jason Hurley has some interesting figures for the deal. The base salary is $850,000, but Wright got a sizable signing bonus. According to Jason, Wright is getting a $1.5 million signing bonus, a $250,000 workout bonus, and a $350,000 roster bonus (paid out per game active). He also has $1 million in incentives, with $250,000 listed as likely to be earned.
It’s no wonder why Wright is pissed. He made decent money just for attending workouts and signing the contract, but he’s losing roster bonus money each week along with opportunities to earn those incentives.
If Wright was good enough to start, there would be no issue. But he isn’t, so if he’s only the team’s fourth-best cornerback, there might be an extra financial incentive for the 49ers to keep him on ice.
As I mentioned earlier in the week, this looks like one of Trent Baalke’s worst free agent acquisitions. There haven’t been many stinkers during his tenure, as Baalke’s record in free agency (both in terms of players signed and players who’ve departed) has been about as spotless as a GM’s could possibly be. But this one has turned out very badly, because the 49ers could’ve used a veteran corner this season, and the thought heading in was that Wright would improve as a player after an underwhelming performance for his former team, a la Carlos Rogers. Rogers immediately became a starter and started picking off passes. Wright hasn’t seen the field, and after this little deleted outburst, he may never play for the 49ers.