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49ers Bring Eric Wright Back ... Again

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Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images.
Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images.

The San Francisco 49ers announced the signing of CB Eric Wright to a one-year deal, acquiring him for the second time after they rescinded their trade agreement with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers following a failed physical.

San Francisco released undrafted rookie Lowell Rose in order to make space on the roster, and they placed Wright on the Non-Football Injury (NFI) list just before the deadline to do so was about to pass.

"We are pleased to welcome Eric to the 49ers organization and look forward to his contributions," 49ers GM Trent Baalke said in a statement. "Eric is currently tending to a personal matter and he will join the team as soon as possible."

The loss of Chris Culliver to a torn ACL likely prompted the 49ers to kick the tires on Wright once again. Wright will not count against the active roster limit to start the season if he remains on the NFI list, and he’s a smart, low-risk signing for the team. If San Francisco opts to cut him, they won’t have to give up a draft pick in order to do so (like they would have if the trade didn’t fall through).

Wright is not guaranteed to make the roster, and he’ll be competing with a number of players for a spot on the depth chart.