After seven years and 92 games, cornerback Eric Wright, 28, says he retired today because he didn’t have the passion to prepare for another NFL season. Wright contacted the 49ers on Monday night and said he planned to retire in what turned into a lengthy conversation, general manager Trent Baalke said. Baalke said it was clear Wright had “put a great deal of thought” into his decision. After playing 120 snaps in seven games last year, Wright was a candidate to compete for the opening at nickel cornerback. “Playing was the fulfillment of a childhood dream, but as I prepared for the coming season, I realized that I no longer had the same passion I once had for the game,” said Wright, a San Francisco native. “The San Francisco 49ers have given me an amazing opportunity to play for the team I grew up rooting for, and I owe the York family, my coaches, and my teammates tremendous gratitude.
Wright on retirement: ‘I no longer had the same passion’
San Francisco Chronicle | Jun 18