The 49ers agreed to acquire Wright via trade from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on July 19, but the deal didn't go through after he failed a physical. On the same day the trade was revealed, news leaked that Wright had been arrested on a DUI charge in July. Now, the 49ers get their man without giving up a conditional draft pick.
"We are pleased to welcome Eric to the 49ers organization and look forward to his contributions," 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said in a statement released by the team. "Eric is currently tending to a personal matter and he will join the team as soon as possible."
Wright was a solid starter with the Detroit Lions two years ago, and he cashed in with a huge free-agent contract in Tampa Bay before a disastrous 2012 season that included a DUI charge, a performance-enhancing drug suspension and poor play. Wright, who was released by the Bucs, potentially faces another NFL suspension for his July arrest on a DUI charge, but he also gives the 49ers another option in a defensive backfield that lost Chris Culliver for the season to a torn ACL.