Eric Wright retires

Tuesday aftenoon, the 49ers announced that 28-year-old cornerback Eric Wright has retired. In the announcement, the 49ers included a statement from Wright and a statement from Trent Baalke.

Baalke: “Last night, Eric reached out to inform us of his plans to retire. After a lengthy discussion, it was evident he put a great deal of thought into his decision. Eric has our full support and we wish him and his family nothing but the best.”

Wright: “After seven NFL seasons, I am announcing my retirement from professional football. Playing was the fulfillment of a childhood dream, but as I prepared for the coming season, I realized that I no longer had the same passion I once had for the game. The San Francisco 49ers have given me an amazing opportunity to play for the team I grew up rooting for, and I owe the York family, my coaches, and my teammates tremendous gratitude. I will be forever grateful to all of the franchises I was lucky enough to play for, and look forward to beginning the next phase of my life, and spending more time with my family.”

Wright was a candidate to replace Carlos Rogers as the 49ers’ Nickelback next season. With Wright out of the picture, the competition will come down to Jimmie Ward, Perrish Cox and Darryl Morris.

  1. All you had to do was look at my 53 man roster prediction to know that Wright wasn’t going to be on the team. :)

    1. I think there was a better than not shot he would have made the team. He wouldn’t have been a starter, no, but he would have probably been battling out for the nickle and dime back slots, and with Cullivers injury and off field history, there was a definite shot for more playing time in the season. CBs would have been, in no particular order, Brock, Wright, Cook, Cox, Wright and Ward.

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