Eric Wright to retire

Eric Wright (Getty Images)

Cornerback Eric Wright was the third player absent from the start of the 49ers' mandatory minicamp Tuesday, along with Vernon Davis and Alex Boone, because he was weighing the decision to retire.

Eric Wright came back to the San Francisco 49ers this offseason with an outside shot at earning a roster spot to help fill a secondary depleted by free agency.

But after scantily participating in voluntary OTAs (at least in the practices open to the media), Wright has left the team to contemplate retirement, Jim Harbaugh said Tuesday. A report from Fox Sports 1 said Wright will file paperwork to retire.

Wright joined the 49ers last summer after being cut by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. San Francisco originally tried trading for Wright, but he failed a physical and was subsequently released by the Buccs before signing a one-year deal with San Francisco. The 49ers brought him back this offseason on another one-year deal for the veteran's minimum.

Wright started the 2013 season on the non-football injury list missing training camp and the first six games of the year. He went on to appear in seven regular season games, but was over taken for the nickel position by Perrish Cox in the playoffs after Carlos Rogers suffered a hamstring injury in Week 17.

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Wright's retirement opens a spot on the team's 90-man roster where the 49ers could presumably add another defensive back. Corner might be the team's biggest question mark heading into the season with Tramaine Brock as the only solidified starter, and he didn't become a starter until after the regular season began last fall. But Brock had a standout year and led the team in interceptions (5) earning a four-year, $16 million contract extension in November.

A name that could interest the San Francisco is former Pro-Bowler Brandon Flowers who was recently released by the Kansas City Chiefs. But with just under $6 million in cap space, signing Flowers seems like a long shot at best.

The 49ers expect Chris Culliver to start opposite Brock despite missing all of 2013 after sustaining a torn ACL in training camp. Otherwise, San Francisco has Chris Cook, Cox, Darryl Morris, rookies Dontae Johnson, Keith Reaser (a possible red-shirt candidate after suffering a knee injury during college) and Kenneth Acker on the 90-man roster.

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