San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh made headlines recently for commenting on five Seattle Seahawks suspensions linked to performance-enhancing drugs. He specifically questioned whether players linked to Adderall were using that psycholstimulant as cover for taking substances more directly related to performance.
Eric Wright's Five-year Glance
Five weeks later, the 49ers have acquired a cornerback suspended last season and linked to Adderall use. Eric Wright, 27, comes to the 49ers from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in exchange for a conditional 2014 late-round draft choice, according to ESPN's Josina Anderson. He also has ties to 49ers assistant coaches Eric Mangini and Brad Seely, who were with Wright when all three worked for the Cleveland Browns.
Wright's PED history will be of particular interest in the NFC West.
"Play by the rules," Harbaugh said five weeks ago. "You want to be above reproach, especially when you’re good, because you don’t want people to come back and say, 'They're winning because they’re cheating.' That’s always going to be a knee-jerk reaction in my experience, since I was a little kid.
"We want to be a above reproach in everything and do everything by the rules. If you don’t, if you cheat to win, then you've already lost, according to Bo Schembechler. And Bo Schembechler is about next to the word of God. It’s not the word of God, but it’s close."
Wright entered the NFL with Cleveland in 2007. Mangini became the Browns' coach in 2009. The 49ers previously signed veteran special-teams player Ray Ventrone, who also has ties to Mangini and Seely.
Wright gives the 49ers another veteran corner to compete in the secondary.