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Bucs trade CB Eric Wright to 49ers after reported arrest

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

Eric Wright now will try to make the team in San Francisco. (USATSI)
Eric Wright now will try to make the team in San Francisco. (USATSI)

After a disappointing season in 2012, cornerback Eric Wright agreed to a restructured contract with Tampa Bay in April to avoid being released.

Which makes Friday's move interesting, as the Buccaneers announced they've traded Wright -- who was reportedly arrested last week -- to the 49ers for a 2014 conditional draft pick.

Wright looked to start for Tampa Bay this season, even with the addition of Darrelle Revis, but the Buccaneers also have 2013 second-round draft pick Johnthan Banks. Originally, Wright was supposed to have made $7.75 million this year, but he tested positive for Adderall last year, leading to a four-game suspension.

According to NFL.com, the Buccaneers would have cut Wright if they couldn't find a trade partner.

"I can assure you the decisions we make as an organization are in the best interest of the team, and we decided to trade Eric Wight and we're looking forward to the start of the training camp,'” Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik said, via the Tampa Bay Times.

This also might have been a problem for Tampa Bay.


The Tampa Bay Times went on to report that Wright was arrested on suspicion of DUI. He faced a similar charge in 2012 that was ultimately dismissed.

In San Francisco, meanwhile, the inclusion of Wright leads to an interesting logjam.

Already, the 49ers have Carlos Rogers, Nnamdi Asomugha, Tarell Brown and Chris Culliver in the cornerback spot.

Wright will have a relatively cheap contract for 2013 (he was scheduled to make $1.5 million with Tampa Bay) after the restructure erased his original five-year, $37.5-million deal. But Rogers has a base salary of $5.5 million (via spotrac.com, he's guaranteed $1.75 million of that this year), and his dead money hit to the salary cap would be almost $10 million.

Which might mean Asomugha is the one in trouble here. He's playing on a one-year, $1.775-million deal with no money guaranteed.

Getting back to Wright, at least one of his former teammates, Tampa Bay tackle Donald Penn, didn't take the news so well.

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