Bucs release Eric Wright after failed physical, voided trade

BY foxsports • July 22, 2013

TAMPA, Fla. -- Troubled cornerback Eric Wright, traded from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to the San Francisco 49ers last Friday, did not pass his physical, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said Monday.

The trade, which was for a conditional pick in the 2014 draft, has become void. The Bucs released Wright later Monday evening.

"He didn't pass his physical," Harbaugh said. "He's not with the team."

Wright's short Tampa Bay career was tumultuous. He was signed to a five-year, $37.5 million contract in March 2012. But he only appeared in 10 games last season, partly because he was suspended four games last November for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances.

Then last week, he was arrested on the evening of July 12 on a misdemeanor DUI charge and released on $5,000 bail early on July 13, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department records show. A court date in the Los Angeles area is set for Aug. 7.

With Wright's absence, rookie Johnthan Banks, drafted 43rd overall, is expected to be a favorite to start at cornerback opposite of four-time Pro Bowl player Darrelle Revis. Tampa Bay begins training camp July 25.

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