Cornerback Eric Wright makes it three veteran 49ers not in attendance for this week’s practices, but his reason for staying away is a bit different than his teammates. Coach Jim Harbaugh said, via Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com, that Wright is contemplating retirement after seven seasons in the NFL.
If he does retire, it would cap a stark career turnarounds for the veteran. Wright signed a five-year, $37.5 million deal in Tampa before the 2012 season, then served a four-game suspension and played poorly for the Buccaneers that season. They traded him to the 49ers for a conditional draft pick last offseason, but a failed physical quashed the deal and Wright eventually signed with San Francisco after being released by the Bucs.
Wright wound up playing seven games for the 49ers, but saw limited action and was inactive for their NFC Championship Game loss to the Seahawks. His retirement would be a hit to the team’s depth at corner, but one they could likely survive if the rest of the group is sound.
UPDATE 5:48 p.m. ET: According to multiple reports, Wright has decided to retire.