The San Fransisco 49ers had one of the better defenses in the NFL in 2013, but they didn’t owe much of that to Eric Wright. The cornerback was acquired in the most unusual of ways this season when he was first traded from the Buccaneers to the Niners before the deal fell through due to a failed physical.
Wright wasn’t the impact player Jim Harbaugh thought he’d be and his work ethic was questioned late in the season. As a result, the Niners deactivated him for the NFC Championship game and are now unlikely to bring him back in 2014, even if it’s at the veteran’s minimum.
When he was signed last summer, it appeared Wright could have a big role. But his role diminished as the season went on and he was a healthy scratch in Seattle. There were rumblings the team was unhappy with his preparation later in the season. If he is re-signed, it likely won’t be at anything more the minimum.
It’s not likely that Wright will see much action in free agency, but he still could fill a roster spot on someone’s team. That roster just won’t be the one in San Francisco as the Niners have clearly seen all they ned to out of Wright.