SANTA CLARA -- In the 49ers' latest effort to improve their pass defense, they traded Friday for veteran cornerback Eric Wright, a San Francisco native who fell out of favor with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after only one season there.
In exchange, the 49ers sent the Buccaneers a conditional draft pick in 2014. Earlier Friday, undrafted rookie cornerback Lowell Rose was released to make room on the 90-man roster for Wright.
The Tampa Bay Times is reporting that Wright was arrested last week in Los Angeles on suspicion of driving under the influence. He also was arrested a year ago in L.A. for suspicion of felony driving under the influence, but charges were never brought against him.
The 49ers still have all five cornerbacks from last season's NFC Championship team, including starters Carlos Rogers and Tarell Brown and reserves Chris Culliver, Perrish Cox and Tramaine Brock. Nnamdi Asomugha signed a one-year, non-guaranteed deal after being released from the Philadelphia Eagles.
Wright was a 2007 second-round draft pick by the Cleveland Browns, then moved on to the Detroit Lions in 2011 before signing a five-year, $37.5 million deal in March 2012 with the Buccaneers. The 5-foot-10, 200-pound cornerback attended Riordan High before playing collegiately at USC and UNLV.
Wright is due to make $1.5 million in base salary this season, or $4 million less than Carlos Rogers, the 49ers' starter at left cornerback the past two seasons who's due to make $13.5 million in salaries in 2014 and 2015 combined.
Brown's base salary is $2.925 million as he enters the final season of his contract, Brock has a $1.323 million tender while both Culliver and Cox are slated to make $555,000 in base salaries.
Wright became expendable with the Buccaneers when they acquired former New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis.