Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Eric Wright not at minicamp, retiring from NFL

Tight end Vernon Davis and guard Alex Boone are skipping 49ers minicamp out of dissatisfaction with their current contracts.

Cornerback Eric Wright makes it three veteran 49ers not in attendance for this week’s practices, but his reason for staying away is a bit different than his teammates. Coach Jim Harbaugh said, via Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com, that Wright has decided to retire after seven seasons in the NFL.

His retirement caps a stark career turnarounds for the veteran. Wright signed a five-year, $37.5 million deal in Tampa before the 2012 season, then served a four-game suspension and played poorly for the Buccaneers that season. They traded him to the 49ers for a conditional draft pick last offseason, but a failed physical quashed the deal and Wright eventually signed with San Francisco after being released by the Bucs.

Wright wound up playing seven games for the 49ers, but saw limited action and was inactive for their NFC Championship Game loss to the Seahawks. His retirement is a hit to the team’s depth at corner, but one they will likely survive if the rest of the group is sound.

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