The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced they have traded seventh-year cornerback Eric Wright to the San Francisco 49ers. Tampa Bay will receive a conditional pick in the 2014 NFL Draft for Wright, who spent one season with the Buccaneers after signing as an unrestricted free agent in March of 2012.
The trade of Wright continues a major overhaul in the Buccaneers' secondary and may be further indication of the team's confidence in rookie cornerback Johnthan Banks. Tampa Bay drafted Banks in the second round in April after previously signing All-Pro safety Dashon Goldson from the 49ers as an unrestricted free agent and trading for All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis, formerly of the New York Jets.
Wright originally signed a five-year deal with the Buccaneers on March 14, 2012 as an unrestricted free agent, but this past April he agreed to a restructured pact to remain on the roster. In the interim, he appeared and started 10 games for the Buccaneers during the 2012 season, recording 39 tackles, one interception and one fumble recovery.