Trent Baalke didn’t officially close the door on the 49ers adding Eric Wright to the roster.
San Francisco’s General Manager spoke with reporters on Tuesday from team headquarters to shed light on the team's decision to examine Wright as a potential addition to the 49ers. Baalke pointed to the team doing its due diligence in evaluating the 28-year-old cornerback who was recently released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers following a voided trade between the clubs after Wright didn’t pass his physical in the Bay Area.
“The door is never closed on players,” Baalke said of Wright, a player who met with the 49ers prior to failing his physical under the watch of team doctors. “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 that he becomes a Niner at some point, it’s just not now.”
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Baalke stressed the team had done its homework on Wright, a veteran cornerback who appeared in 85 games for three different NFL clubs. The 49ers General Manger pointed to the simple fact that Wright was not cleared to join the 49ers for the start of training camp.
“We don’t get into why a player passed or failed a physical,” Baalke shared. “Our medical staff wasn’t convinced he was ready to be put on the field.”
The failed acquisition of Wright doesn’t change Baalke’s expectations for his cornerback group when training camp practices begin on Thursday. He wants the defensive backs to earn their roles for the 2013 season.
When asked what he wants to see from the group, the 49ers General Manager simply replied, “competition.”
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In Baalke’s mind, the opportunity to acquire Wright had no bearing on how he felt about the position group.
“It’s heating up the environment, getting as many quality players as we can, regardless of competition and making it as competitive of a 90 (man roster) at this stage as we can,” Baalke explained. “Why not build the best 90 you can and narrow it down from there?”