This will be a season when the eyes of Seahawks fans will be trained on no other team — aside from their own — as much as the San Francisco 49ers.
Every move the 49ers make will be viewed here through the prism of what it might mean to the NFC West race — and the same surely goes in San Francisco when assessing each move made by the Seahawks.
So it definitely registered high on the intrigue meter today when the 49ers made a trade to acquire oft-troubled cornerback Eric Wright of the Tampa Bay Bucaneers, adding further depth to a spot that was already crowded.
Wright had been something of a bust in Tampa Bay, where he signed a year ago to a five-year, $37.5 million contract. But that contract also indicates the ability Wright has shown in the past, and the 49ers might view him as the missing piece to help shore up a secondary that got exposed a little bit in the post-sesason.
It was reported shortly after the trade that Wright was arrested on a DUI charge exactly a week ago, apparently hastening his exit out of Tampa Bay. Doug Farrar of Yahoo.com is among those who wondered how that squared with San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh’s recent comments about players and the importance of character. And Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee notes that Wright is now one of four 49ers to be charged with DUI in the last year-and-a-half.
Intriguingly, Wright began his college career at USC playing for current Seahawks coach Pete Carroll before leaving there following the 2004 season when he was arrested (but never charged) on suspicion of rape, eventually transferring to UNLV.
Such moves, though, prove again that the lure of a Super Bowl title usually trumps all else in the NFL.