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July 22, 2013 @ 2:36 pm
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BREAKING: Wright Fails Physical With 49ers; Will Be Released

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Bucs CB Eric Wright, who was traded to the 49ers last week, failed his physical with San Francisco thus voiding the trade. Wright will now be released by the Buccaneers.
Last Friday Tampa Bay announced they had traded troubled cornerback Eric Wright to the San Francisco 49ers for a conditional draft pick in 2014 after a July 12 arrest, riding themselves of the former Lions and Browns free agent cornerback.

Monday PewterReport.com has learned that Wright did not pass his physical with San Francisco, voiding the trade, and the Bucs will release the former Lions and Browns safety instead.

Wright was arrested on a misdemeanor DUI charge in Los Angeles earlier this month and the arrest was the proverbial straw that broke the camels back. The Buccaneers had made it clear all offseason that Wright was on a very short leash with no margin for error.

Wright’s just over one-year tenure in Tampa Bay has been tumultuous to say the least. After signing a five-year $37.5 million dollar deal in the spring of 2012, Wright was soon diagnosed with an undisclosed illness that kept him out of much of the offseason work with his new teammates. Doctors were later able to diagnose and treat the illness, and Wright suffered little effects after being placed on medication.

In July of 2012 Wright was arrested on suspicion of driving while impaired, although the charges were later dropped. During the 2012 season Wright, like the entire secondary for the most part, struggled to master defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan and head coach Greg Schiano’s defense. Wright also has minor injury issues with an Achilles and a back injury that forced him to miss parts of games during the first half of the 2012 season.

Wright’s biggest blunder however, was being nailed for violating the NFL’s policy on performance enhancing drugs after testing positive for Adderall. Wright was suspended for four games late in the season, and after completing his four-game sentence, was placed on the inactive list for the Bucs final regular season game against the Falcons.

Most expected Wright to be released immediately following the season, however, Schiano and general manager Mark Dominik decided to wait until the spring to make a decision. After voiding his contract based on behavior clauses – which Wright appealed and lost – Tampa Bay and Wright agreed on a one-year, $1.5 million dollar deal.

Wright had been tabbed as the cornerback that would start the season lined up across from Darrelle Revis who Tampa Bay acquired earlier this year in a trade with the Jets. Tampa Bay added Banks in the second round of this spring’s NFL Draft who the organization is high on, and it now appears the former Mississippi State star will get the first shot at taking over the starting role, although last year’s midseason starter Leonard Johnson will also be in the mix.

Last modified on Monday, 22 July 2013 14:51

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    What part of the physical did he fail.
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    It seems pretty obvious to me. .. the 49ers saw the fallout on a PR prospective with Harbough's comment about the Seahawks and performance enhancing drugs while trading for a guy who tested positive last year so they cut bait before it cost them anything. These DUIs and Adderall issues make me wonder if last year's mysterious illness was a substance abuse problem that the Bucs decided to give him one more chance
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    The good Wright could do as a backup is more than cancelled by the bad he could do as a team mate. If Wright has managed his money correctly, just the money he got last year from the Bucs will set him up for life. He got himself into this mess because of a total lack of committment and discipline, so I don't feel sorry for him one bit. This puts the heat on Banks to step up, but from what I've heard about him he can handle the heat.
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    I am not ready to throw Dominik under the bus for this one. He saw a weakness in the secondary and signed the best available. Unfortunately, it was Wright. Sadly, it takes people hitting rock bottom before they get the help they need. I hope that this is rock bottom for Wright and the he gets help now.
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    Wow for those who doubt the Bucs moves...they are paying attention and doing whats right for the team...feel bad for the guy home he gets some help!
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    I would not release him. I would void his existing and sign him at minimum salary contract and keep him for back up with the understanding that he will have a bi weekly drug test done. I think all the players already understand the situation and if we can help him stay clean and sober it will benefit everyone one. This cost us very little and will keep an experienced player. Wright needs some serious help and I would put him in rehab.
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    I wouldn't be surprised if the 49ers got cold feet and told their team doctor to flunk him
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    I agree roger4680. I want my draft pick 49ers! You should had done your homework before you made the trade. Wright practiced with us this whole offseason and no one mentioned anything about a lingering injury. Why can't the NFL use that as just cause to make the 49ers give us that draft pick? On a side note, does this now become Dominik's...no, the franchise's worst FA signing ever?
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    Yeah Pinkstob, Unless Wright did honestly fail the physical and there is no Machiavellian plot by the 49ers. With where the 49ers pick every year a 6th or 7th round pick has as much a chance of making their roster as a snowball in hell. The Bucs have made quite a few free agent signings over the years that haven't panned out. At least Wright was curteous enough to do the adderal and void his contract, so it probably wasn't that bad a financial hit for the Bucs.
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    I wouldn't be surprised to find that the Bucs traded him to San Fran just so he would fail his physical and void the trade and subsequently, his contract. Remember his DUI was in california. That way, the Bucs don't even have to buy him a plane ticket to come back and fail his physical here and the Bucs don't owe him squat. Just released and done. Hard telling.
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    What a serious loser, have fun working at Burger King idiot!
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