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Bucs trade Wright to 49ers after DUI arrest



One week after being arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in Los Angeles, cornerback Eric Wright was traded by the Bucs to the San Francisco 49ers for a conditional draft pick in 2014.

According to records on the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department website, Wright was arrested at 5:15 p.m. on July 12 on a misdemeanor. He was released the next day after posting $5,000 bond.

Wright was arrested by L.A. Police on a suspicion of driving under the influence near the Staples Center in 2012, but those charges were eventually dismissed.

"I can assure you the decisions we make as an organization are in the best interest of the team and therefore we decided to trade Eric Wight and we're looking forward to the statrt of the training camp and the players we have here,'' general manager Mark Dominik said.

The trade of Wright ends his brief and bizarre stint in Tampa Bay.

Wright orginally was signed as an unrestricted free agent from the Detroit Lions in 2012, signing a 5-year, $37.5-million deal with $15-million guaranteed. But he was suspended four games for testing positive for Adderral last season and wound up voiding $7.5-million in guarantees.

The Bucs decided to sign Wright to a one-year, restructured deal this spring worth $1.5-million with another $1.5-million in incentives. But less than a week from training camp, they decided to trade him to the 49ers without much explanation.

Second-round pick Johnthan Banks and veterans Leonard Johnson and Danny Gorrer will battle for the starting cornerback spot opposite Darrelle Revis.

Left tackle Donald Penn was surprised by the trade. "Can't believe this trade and I'm just gonna leave it at that,'' Penn tweeted.



[Last modified: Friday, July 19, 2013 6:18pm]


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