San Francisco 49ers sign CB Shareece Wright

The 49ers needed starting cornerback help after losing both Chris Culliver and Perrish Cox this off-season. The problem is that Wright has proven over the past 2 seasons that he’s not a starting caliber cornerback. Wright was a 3rd round pick in 2011 and barely played in his first 2 seasons in the NFL, playing a combined 124 snaps in 2011-2012, but he’s been a starter over the last 2 seasons. In 2013, he was Pro Football Focus’ 103rd ranked cornerback out of 110 eligible.

Going into 2014, the Chargers brought in Jason Verrett in the first round of the draft and Brandon Flowers through free agency to send Wright to a #3 cornerback role, but an injury to Verrett forced Wright to play 853 snaps and make 14 starts. He once again struggled, grading out 105th out of 108 eligible cornerbacks. This is just a one-year deal, so it can’t hurt the 49ers too much, but he’s not worth 3 million over a year with another million attainable through incentives. He’s worth closer to the minimum. If the 49ers have to rely on him as a starter opposite a hopefully healthy Tramaine Brock, they’ll have serious issues in coverage this season.

Grade: C-




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