So, guess who might be coming back to the 49ers. Well, he wouldn’t be “coming back,” since technically he never was on the team. But yes, the answer is non-law-abiding citizen Eric Wright, who was on the 49ers for about as long as it takes to get a burrito at Chipotle before that trade was voided when the cornerback failed a physical. He’s since been released by the Bucs and is now a free agent.
A contract with the Niners is still not definite, but based on this tweet from Kevin Lynch of the Chronicle, the 49ers have been considering it:
Friends of Eric Wright said he spent time with #49ers GM Trent Baalke on Thursday. Must pass physical to sign.
— Kevin Lynch (@klynch49) August 2, 2013
This is very interesting. The Niners obviously have a spot to fill at cornerback after they lost Chris Culliver for the year on Thursday. Typically, this where a two-time All-Pro in Nnamdi Asomugha takes ownership of that that third cornerback spot. But, alas:
“He’s had some good days out here and some days where you weren’t sure if he was going to still have it,” defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said. “I think we’re kind of in between with him right now.
“Hopefully he’ll be able to still have some gas left in his tank to go out there and play like he did prior to going to Philadelphia. So, I think the jury is still out there.”
So here’s what’s happening in simpler terms: The Niners are so lacking in confidence in their reserve cornerbacks that they could potentially be bringing in a guy for whom they previously got a refund because he literally wasn’t up to their standards.
Better hope Kerry Washington’s boo finds some consistency.