Monday, November 4, 2013
Wright will add to 49ers' strong CB crew
By Bill Williamson
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – The San Francisco 49ers are going to get deeper at cornerback this week as they are expected to activate Eric Wright from the physically unable to perform list.
Wright was signed in the offseason to bring experience and ball skills to the defending NFC champions, and he will add to an already strong secondary. The 49ers cornerbacks have played well during the team's has string together a five-game winning streak. The starters are Carlos Rogers and Tarell Brown, and Tramaine Brock has taken over as the nickel cornerback from Nnamdi Asomugha. Brown is reportedly getting close to a contract extension.
Asomugha, signed earlier this year, may be in danger of being cut to make room for Wright on the 53-man roster.
It will be interesting to see if Wright can become more than a dime cornerback on this unit. I asked ESPN analyst Matt Williamson his thoughts. He said he doesn’t think Wright will break into the top three.
Still, Wright's presence will make the team deeper and provide important injury insurance.
“It’s a pretty good group for sure,” said Williamson, who also said he thinks the unit will be better when pass-rusher Aldon Smith comes back.