Shortly after it was reported that Perrish Cox is officially leaving the San Francisco 49ers and signing with the Tennessee Titans, the 49ers announced the signing of free agent cornerback Shareece Wright.
Update: No time for a full post on this for the moment, but the 49ers have also re-signed Chris Cook, according to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun. Cook hit unrestricted free agency this offseason and we didn't hear much about him. The 49ers like his skillset, and I imagine he'll be right in the thick of multiple cornerback battles, though he doesn't have a particularly high ceiling at this point in his career.
At the very least, the 49ers are getting bodies in the secondary.
Obviously, this move isn't going to be met with fanfare or anything of the sort. San Francisco entered this offseason with major concerns at the cornerback position, with Chris Culliver and Cox becoming free agents, and if Wright is the answer to both of those guys leaving, the 49ers definitely are worse off.
Don't get me wrong -- I'm glad the 49ers didn't massively overpay Culliver like Washington, and Cox declined as 2014 went on. But Wright doesn't inspire a lot of confidence, though there is still some potential there. Wright is young and could benefit from a change of scenery after a tough four seasons with the San Diego Chargers.
Rapoport says it's for $3 million, with a chance for $4 million ... that's kind of a lot, I think.
Worth $3M with a chance to make $4M RT @49ers: #49ers have signed CB @ShareeceWright to a one-year deal. http://t.co/6SsamUM6dS— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 14, 2015
I don't know if the 49ers want Wright to come in and start, or if they want him to just compete for a roster spot. It's a one-year deal and I can't imagine the 49ers are paying him very much but the cornerback market has been fairly odd this free agency period (oddly enough, I felt Cox received a fair contract from Tennessee). Whatever the case, the PFF stats for Wright, and our Chargers blogger's opinion of him are not ... stellar.