Less than three weeks after being rejected by the San Francisco 49ers, free agent cornerback Eric Wright signed a one-year contract with the team.
After signing Thursday, Wright was placed on the non-football injury/illness list while he handles a personal matter, the 49ers said. San Francisco released cornerback Lowell Rose to clear room on the roster.
Wright had been traded from Tampa Bay to San Francisco last month for a conditional draft pick in 2014, but he failed his physical with the 49ers, nullifying the deal. Tampa Bay then released Wright.
Shortly after the trade, reports surfaced that Wright had been arrested a week earlier in Los Angeles on an unspecified misdemeanor charge.
But San Francisco needed depth in the secondary after cornerback Chris Culliver was lost to a season-ending knee injury Aug. 1, and Wright, a seventh-year veteran, fills that need.
Wright also was arrested in 2012 on felony DUI charges and was suspended for four games by the NFL last season for violating the policy on performance enhancing drugs.
During the 49ers’ minicamp in June, coach Jim Harbaugh made it clear that he wouldn’t accept players breaking the NFL’s policy on PEDs.
“That hasn’t changed,” Harbaugh said.
Michael Vick will start at quarterback for the Eagles in their exhibition opener against the Patriots on Friday — only because it’s his turn to go first in the quarterback rotation. Nick Foles also will take snaps with the starters, and the second-year pro will start the next game. Rookie Matt Barkley, the former USC star, will come in during the second quarter and play through the third. Former Oregon star Dennis Dixon will play during the fourth quarter. … Blaine Gabbert will get the first crack at the Jaguars’ quarterback job. Coach Gus Bradley, the former Seahawks defensive coordinator, announced that Gabbert will start against the Dolphins on Friday, but Chad Henne also will see some repetitions behind the first-team offensive line. Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew, who is recovering from foot surgery, won’t play in the game as a precaution. … Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker told Sports Illustrated that part of the reason he left the Patriots was because of coach Bill Belichick. “It was just kind of hard,” Welker said, “one of those deals where you have to endure him, put up with him.” … The NFL is scheduled to hear an appeal on Aug. 15 by Broncos linebacker Von Miller of his four-game suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, ESPN reported.