SANTA CLARA -- Cornerback Shareece Wright, who has yet to be in uniform for the 49ers this season, has asked to be traded or released, according to a report by NFL.com.
Wright, 28, hinted at his displeasure before Sunday’s game when he went to Twitter to write, “Politics as usual.” The message was sent at around the time teams submit their list of inactive players and Wright was one the seven who did not dress for the game. He later deleted the Tweet.
Told about Wright’s message after the game, coach Jim Tomsula said, “No, that is an incorrect statement. It had nothing to do with (politics). I made the decision to put guys up that I thought gave us the best chance of winning the football game.”
The 49ers acquired Wright, who played at USC and who was drafted by the Chargers in the third round in 2011, in free agency. He began the preseason as the starter opposite Tramaine Brock. However, he fell behind a trio of younger players -- Kenneth Acker, Dontae Johnson and Keith Reaser -- and lost the starting job midway through training camp.
Acker has started the first three games of the season.
A year ago, running back LaMichael James asked to be traded or released after he felt he was being underutilized. The 49ers acquiesced after Week 1 and he eventually was signed by the Dolphins. Miami waived James earlier this month.
The 49ers have a cornerback, Marcus Cromartie, on their 10-man practice squad.