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19 Jul

Buccaneers Trade CB Eric Wright To 49ers After DUI

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have traded veteran CB Eric Wright to the San Francisco 49ers after he was charged with DUI last week.  The Bucs will reportedly get a conditional draft pick in 2014 in exchange for Wright. For the 49ers, they will receive a player in Wright that will compete with the likes of Nnamdi Asomugha, Carlos Rogers, Tarrell Brown, Chris Culliver, and Perrish Cox for a roster spot.  From an analytic perspective, you have to wonder why the 49ers would make this move given their depth already at the position.  They must think that Wright can come in and help immediately despite his off field issues, whether it be on special teams, or as a defensive stop gap if an injury were to occur to one of their starters.

For Tampa Bay, the team clearly feels that rookie Johnthan Banks is ready for primetime.  If they didn't, they would have eased him into the league while keeping Wright as the number two cornerback.  This would have allowed Banks to better learn the NFL game.  Nonetheless, Banks will now presumably be the number two cornerback behind Darrelle Revis in 2013.  Making this move leaves the Bucs with Darrelle Revis, Johnthan Banks, Branden Smith, Rashaan Melvin, Myron Lewis, Leonard Johnson, Danny Gorrer, Anthony Gaitor, Deveron Carr, and Michael Adams on their roster at the CB position.  Only time will tell how this move will play out, but, it would seem on paper that the Buccaneers are taking a risk having their rookie CB start in 2013.