In 2012 he was suspended for performance enhancing drugs and voided the guaranteed money on his deal, that made him a candidate to be cut before the trade. Wright took a one year deal worth $1.5 million with Tampa, before the trade. Apparently on July 12th, the Buccaneers cornerback was arrested on suspicion of a DUI, while trade talks were ongoing.
But San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said the organization did their due diligence.
“We are pleased to add Eric to our team,” Baalke said, via Pro Football Talk. “As an organization, we have done our due diligence and anticipate Eric working hard to contribute to the 49ers.”
But as suggested, Baalke’s words could of strictly been to save face for the organization after being duped.
CB Eric Wright failed his physical with Niners, so his rights revert to Bucs, per source.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) July 22, 2013
But the release from the 49ers almost foreshadowed this turn of events: “[f]or the trade to be executed, Wright must pass a physical in the Bay Area next week.”
AKA, the 49ers hit the ejector seat on this one by failing him on the physical.