SANTA CLARA, Calif. – In the San Francisco 49ers’ latest effort to improve their pass defense, they traded Friday for veteran cornerback Eric Wright, a San Francisco native who fell out of favor with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after one season there.
In exchange, the 49ers sent the Buccaneers a conditional draft pick in 2014. Earlier Friday, undrafted rookie cornerback Lowell Rose was released to make room on the 90-man roster for Wright.
The Tampa Bay Times has reported Wright was arrested last week in Los Angeles on suspicion of driving under the influence. He also was arrested a year ago in Los Angeles for suspicion of felony DUI, but charges were not brought against him.
“We are pleased to add Eric to our team,” 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said. “As an organization, we have done our due diligence and anticipate Eric working hard to contribute to the 49ers.”
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The 49ers still have all five cornerbacks from last season’s NFC championship team, including starters Carlos Rogers and Tarell Brown and reserves Chris Culliver, Perrish Cox and Tramaine Brock.
Nnamdi Asomugha signed a one-year, nonguaranteed deal with the 49ers after being released by the Philadelphia Eagles.
Wright, who turns 28 Wednesday, signed a five-year, $37.5 million deal in March 2012 with the Buccaneers. He had one interception in 10 games last season before drawing a four-game suspension from the league for violating its policy on performance-enhancing drugs.
Wright attributed that positive test to his use of Adderall in the offseason.
Wright is due to make $1.5 million in base salary this season, or $4 million less than Rogers, the 49ers’ starter at left cornerback the past two seasons.
Some Cowboys might be witnesses
DALLAS – Six current or former Dallas Cowboys players have been listed by prosecutors as potential witnesses for the intoxication manslaughter trial of former lineman Josh Brent.
Safeties Danny McCray and Barry Church and cornerback Orlando Scandrick are on the list, as well as retired safety Gerald Sensabaugh; former cornerback Michael Jenkins, who is with the Oakland Raiders; and fullback Lawrence Vickers, who was released by Dallas last week.
Brent is charged in a Dec. 8 car crash that killed practice-squad player Jerry Brown. Authorities say Brent’s blood-alcohol level was twice the legal limit on the night of the crash.
His trial is to begin Sept. 23.
Heath Harris, the first assistant Dallas County district attorney, said after being asked about the possibility of a plea bargain that he expects the case to go to trial.
“We’re ready to go to trial, to let the citizens of Dallas County decide how strict our intoxication laws are going to be,” Harris said.
George Milner, Brent’s attorney, said he expected the six current and former Cowboys might be called to testify about being at the same nightclub as Brent and Brown the night of the crash.
• Green Bay finalized a contract extension with safety Morgan Burnett, 24, reportedly for four years and $24.75 million.