The 49ers bolstered their cornerback corps with the signing of veteran Eric Wright to a one-year deal Thursday hours before the team took on the Denver Broncos in their first preseason game.
Wright was acquired from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last month, but the deal was rescinded after Wright failed a physical and the Bucs ultimately released him July 22.
The 49ers did not disclose why Wright failed the physical and clearly believe he's healthy enough to compete for a roster spot in training camp.
"We are pleased to welcome Eric to the 49ers organization and look forward to his contributions," 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said. "Eric is currently tending to a personal matter and he will join the team as soon as possible."
The secondary suffered a significant loss with the season-ending injury to cornerback Chris Culliver, who tore an ACL last week. The 49ers do have starters Carlos Rogers and Tarell Brown among five cornerbacks returning, but the group struggled down the stretch last season. Veteran Nnamdi Asomugha was also signed during the offseason, but defensive coordinator Vic Fangio admitted the two-time All-Pro has been inconsistent in training camp thus far.
Wright, who played his high school football at Riordan in The City, has played in 85 career NFL games, including 81 starts. Originally a second-round pick by the Cleveland Browns in 2007, he has 14 career interceptions. After spending his first four seasons with Cleveland, Wright played for the Detroit Lions in 2011 before signing with Tampa Bay last year.
To create a roster spot for Wright, Lowell Rose was waived.