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Friday, July 19, 2013
Bucs trade Eric Wright to 49ers

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers traded cornerback Eric Wright to the San Francisco 49ers for a conditional pick in the 2014 draft, the team announced Friday.

Signed as a free agent last year, Wright had a rocky first season with the Bucs. He missed part of the offseason program while dealing with an undisclosed medical condition and was suspended four games for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances.

Wright was not fulfilling expectations required of all players, a source told ESPN.com on Friday, adding that the Bucs were prepared to release Wright if they were unable to trade him. According to Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department records, Wright was arrested on a suspicion of driving under the influence misdemeanor charge on July 12. He was released the next day after posting $5,000 bond, according to the records.

Wright played in 10 games with Tampa Bay, finishing with 37 tackles and one interception. In 2011 with the Detroit Lions, Wright started 16 games and had four interceptions.

After last season, Wright agreed to a restructured contract that included a large pay cut, which seemed to clear the way for him to stay with the Bucs.

But Tampa Bay apparently had other ideas. The departure of Wright likely clears the way for rookie Johnthan Banks to start opposite Darrelle Revis.

Bucs offensive lineman Donald Penn voiced his displeasure with the trade on Twitter:

I can't believe this trade and I'm just gonna leave it at that smfh

— Donald Penn (@DPENN70) July 19, 2013

Wright will join a crowded 49ers secondary and crop of cornerbacks, including Carlos Rogers, Tarell Brown, Chris Culliver and Nnamdi Asomugha.

"We are pleased to add Eric to our team," said 49ers general manager Trent Baalke. "As an organization, we have done our due diligence and anticipate Eric working hard to contribute to the 49ers."

The 49ers announced earlier Friday that they had waived cornerback Lowell Rose, who was signed as an undrafted free agent May 7.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.