SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers were "absolutely" aware of cornerback Eric Wright's recent drunk-driving arrest, but it was a failed physical that caused his trade from the Buccaneers to be voided, 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said Tuesday in a rare media session.
"The Bucs were very forthcoming with the information and we definitely knew what his status was," Baalke said. "Our medical staff wasn't convinced he was ready to put on the field, so we didn't pass him."
The Buccaneers subsequently waived Wright, who is now an unrestricted free agent. Baalke said the 49ers won't close the door on Wright or any available player, but the team filled its only vacant roster spot when cornerback Lowell Rose re-signed earlier Tuesday.
"All the work we did and the discussions we had with Eric when he came in here was very positive," Baalke said. "There were some concerns, we addressed the concerns. But once again he's not with us and we'd rather talk about the guys that are here. He just didn't pass the physical."
Wright battled an Achilles injury last season before getting suspended four games for violating the league's performance-enhancing drug policy. He was also arrested last year for suspicion of drunk driving in Los Angeles but charges were never filed. Baalke cautioned reporters about reading too much into Wright's most recent DUI arrest.
"They're always a red flag, but once again, I'd ask you guys to do your due diligence as well and find out the facts surrounding that," Baalke said. "That particular instance, certainly we were aware of and certainly it's a red flag, but I don't think what's being reported is really the facts around it."
Here is the remaining transcript from Baalke's impromptu media session with reporters after Tuesday's training-camp practice for rookies and select veterans:
What if any possible discipline does the team have for linebacker Ahmad Brooks?
"There's nothing to add with Ahmad. All the things we discuss with our players, relative to discipline, remains one-on-one with that player only."
Will you suspend him?
"The discussions we have with Ahmad our any players stays within the team or the building."
Are there concerns the league may suspend him?
"You'd have to ask the league."
Why can't you say?
"You can ask me the question 50 different ways, and I'll give you the same response. Anything that we do, if in fact that transpires, you'll know when everybody else knows."
On cornerbacks, what do you want to see?
"Competition, that's what we've always said around here. It's heating up the environment, getting as many quality players as we can, regardless of position, and making it as competitive of a 90 as we can. You're allowed 90, so why not try to build the best 90 you can, and then narrow it down to 53 from there."
Is the door closed on Eric Wright?
"The door is never closed on players. Once again, we're going to continue to do our due diligence like we do on all players. With respect to Eric, there's always a possibility he become a Niner at some point. It's just not right now."
Is that position up in the air moving forward?
"We're obviously focused on right now. Certainly we're looking to the future as well and we're looking to every position the same way: What's our depth one year, two years, three years from now, and try to build a game plan to address it. Anytime you have a position where the majority of the group is going to be a free agent after the season, it's certainly a concern, but we're excited about the group that's here. We'll worry about next year when the time comes."
You don't anticipate any extensions before the season?
"I wouldn't say that. Again, we're looking at any way we can to keep the core of our team here. If that's getting an extension done prior before the season, we'll try to do that."
When you looked at Eric Wright, did you talk to (former Browns coach and current 49ers consultant) Eric Mangini about whether he was a good guy?
"Once again, the internal discussions stay internal. You've got to talk to coach Mangini about his feelings about Eric. That would be the way to address that. ...
Do you expect all the veterans to be here tomorrow on the mandatory reporting date?
What is the timeline for injured rookies Tank Carradine and Quinton Dial?
"We're monitoring them day to day, just like we are all our injured guys. Anybody that's not ready to be active and go to work opening day, every day is a new day, every day is a step closer to getting them on the field. Don't have a timeline we'll lay out right now. Feel good about the progress they all are making. Feel they're all on schedule to return at the time we thought they would."
How do you feel about the receiver group?
"We're always looking. I can't stress that enough. You guys that have followed this team since Coach Harbaugh and I have been here know that we're always trying to heat up the water, always trying to bring in as many players as we can to get the best possible 90. This time of year it's 90. Then it'll be down to 75. Then it'll be 53. Every stage we want the best we can have within that number."
Has Randy Moss inquired about returning here?
"I can't say whether he has or hasn't. Once again, nobody's off limits. Nobody."