NFL notebook: 49ers trade for CB Wright a week after arrest in LA

2013-07-20T00:00:00Z NFL notebook: 49ers trade for CB Wright a week after arrest in LAThe Associated Press The Associated Press
July 20, 2013 12:00 am  • 

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The San Francisco 49ers have acquired cornerback Eric Wright in a trade with Tampa Bay that sends a conditional selection in the 2014 draft to the Buccaneers.

The teams announced the deal Friday, one week after Wright was arrested in Los Angeles on an unspecified misdemeanor charge. He was released after posting bond.

Last season, Wright was suspended for four games by the NFL for violating the performance-enhancing drug policy in his first - and only - season with the Bucs. He signed a five-year, $35.3 million contract with Tampa Bay after a strong season in Detroit, and in 10 games last year, Wright finished with 37 tackles and one interception.

In 2011 with the Lions, Wright started 16 games and had four interceptions.

He will join a crowded secondary and crop of cornerbacks, including Carlos Rogers, Tarell Brown, Chris Culliver and Nnamdi Asomugha.

"We are pleased to add Eric to our team," said 49ers general manager Trent Baalke. "As an organization, we have done our due diligence and anticipate Eric working hard to contribute to the 49ers."

The 49ers announced earlier Friday that they had waived cornerback Lowell Rose, who was signed as an undrafted free agent May 7.

Potential witnesses named for Brent trial

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 filed, as well as retired safety Gerald Sensabaugh; former cornerback Michael Jenkins, now with the Oakland Raiders; and fullback Lawrence Vickers, who was released by the Cowboys 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 slated to begin Sept. 23, the day after the Cowboys play St. Louis.

Heath Harris, the first assistant Dallas County district attorney, said Friday 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.

Extra points

GREEN BAY, Wis. - The Green Bay Packers signed safety Morgan Burnett to a contract extension Friday.

Terms of the deal weren't disclosed.

Burnett, a third-round pick from Georgia Tech in 2010, has started all 36 games in which he has appeared in three seasons with the team. He has 259 tackles, 28 passes defensed, six interceptions, four forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and three sacks.

The Packers also released wide receiver Terrell Sinkfield.

• The New England Patriots released wide receiver Donald Jones on Friday and signed rookie receivers Perez Ashford and Quentin Sims.

Jones played in 35 NFL games for Buffalo with 22 starts and has 82 receptions for 887 yards and six touchdowns.

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