San Francisco 49ers

Ex-49er Shareece Wright to join team’s next opponent

San Diego Chargers cornerback Shareece Wright (29) walks off the field during the third quarter of an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers in Santa Clara, Calif., Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014.
San Diego Chargers cornerback Shareece Wright (29) walks off the field during the third quarter of an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers in Santa Clara, Calif., Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. AP

SANTA CLARA -- Cornerback Shareece Wright, whom the 49ers released on Saturday, will join upcoming opponent Baltimore, according to a report by NFL.com. The Ravens have suffered a string of injuries at cornerback and coach John Harbaugh said last week that they were looking to add a free agent.

Wright, 28, has experience, having started 27 games for the Chargers in 2013 and 2014. That he spent the offseason with Baltimore's next opponent made the choice an easy one.

Teams commonly mine new acquisitions for information about their previous squads. The 49ers did so with safety Craig Dahl in 2013. When Dahl admitted as much to the media that year, it drew a strong reaction from his former teammates in St. Louis.

However, it's hard to see anything valuable Wright could impart to the Ravens that they're not seeing on tape. The 49ers rank 31st in overall defense and have been particularly bad against the pass. They are allowing an average of 299 yards per game.

The 49ers signed Wright to a one-year, $3 million free-agent contract in March. But he was surpassed on the depth chart by a trio of young cornerbacks, Kenneth Acker, Dontae Johnson and Keith Reaser, and did not suit up for any games this year.

Unhappy with his lack of playing time, Wright asked to be traded or released, which the 49ers granted on Saturday. They used Wright's roster spot to elevate guard Andrew Tiller from the practice squad.

Matt Barrows: @mattbarrows, read more about the team at sacbee.com/sf49ers.

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