Eric Wright Has 49ers SpinningJuly 23rd, 2013
It wasn’t a shock to Joe when he learned that the walking suspension, cornerback Eric Wright, failed to pass a physical after being traded by the Bucs to the 49ers on Friday. If teams want to fail a guy on a physical, they can, even if said player is the model of health.
Just reading how the 49ers are trying to spin the Wright affair is amusing, as documented by Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle. It almost seems as if 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh threw San Francisco general manager Trent Baalke under the bus. Harbaugh refused to say what element of his physical that Wright flunked and all but told reporters to talk to Baalke about why he traded for Wright and shipped him back to the Bucs in a matter of hours.
Were the 49ers aware of his recent DUI before the trade?
“I mean, really, the better guy to talk to is Trent,” Harbaugh said. “He’s got a clear understanding of the specific transaction. So I’ll defer to him on that.”
Joe finds it simply impossible to believe Harbaugh has no idea why Wright flunked his physical. Nothing like dodging the question and passing the blame off on a suit above you in the front office.
Harbaugh has been outspoken in the recent past, mocking his division-rival Seahawks for all their players getting popped for Adderall (?). Maybe the 49ers forgot about Wright’s suspension last year for testing positive for Adderall (?) and this, in part, is why the 49ers flunked Wright’s physical in order to keep their distance?
It sure smells to Joe that after the 49ers had a weekend to think over the transaction, both Harbaugh and Baalke decided they really aren’t desperate enough to bring in a malcontent like Wright to poison the locker room.