Shareece Wright asked the 49ers to part ways with him, and the team expedited the process by releasing the veteran cornerback after signing him this offseason, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reports.
The fifth-year cornerback asked to leave San Francisco via trade or release due almost certainly to being inactive for the 49ers’ first four games, and the team released him and promoted guard Andrew Tiller from their practice squad to fill the roster spot.
Wright, grateful for this transaction (per his Twitter account), signed a one-year deal with the 49ers for a base salary of $850K, along with a $1.5MM signing bonus, but forfeited $100K (four $25K in-game roster bonuses) by being inactive in the 49ers’ initial four games, Florio adds. Wright carried a $3.2MM cap figure and will count $1.5MM against the 49ers’ cap in dead money this season.
A 28-year-old former USC standout whom the Chargers tabbed in the third round of the 2011 draft, Wright can collect the remainder of his base salary as termination pay, per Florio, and, should the free agent sign with another team, collect those checks on top of that.
After starting 27 games with the Chargers, Wright was running behind starters Kenneth Acker and Tramaine Brock, along with backups Dontae Johnson and Keith Reaser.
In his fourth season out of Syracuse, Tiller has played in just one game, doing so with the 49ers last year. He was originally a sixth-round pick of the Saints’ in 2012.