OWINGS MILLS –Ravens cornerbacks Jimmy Smith and Shareece Wright are teammates again, just like they were at Colton (Calif.) High School. The childhood friends had often talked about playing together in the NFL. When the Ravens signed Wright on Monday, their dream became reality.
“Me and Jimmy, we’ve been best friends since high school,” said Wright on Wednesday after his first practice with the Ravens. “I’ve been on the West coast my whole career – college- since high school. Coming to the East coast and having him to help me adjust – and having someone familiar in the building – I knew it would make the transition easier for me.”
The Ravens hope Wright can be a solid addition to their ever-changing secondary, after losing Will Davis (torn ACL) for the year, and with Lardarius Webb nursing a thigh injury. Wright is only 28 years old, but he was the odd man out in the 49ers’ secondary this season. After being inactive for three straight games, Wright asked for his release, and the 49ers granted his wish.
“They kind of went a different direction,” Wright said of his time in San Francisco. “I don’t know if there was a rebuild-type mode. Me being on a one-year deal, I kind of didn’t have a future with them. They had a bunch of young guys who didn’t play last year and were drafted guys. I just feel like if I played the whole season, these guys (would be) going into their third year (and) haven’t played yet.”
Wright has extra incentive to learn the defense quickly, with the Ravens facing his former team Sunday in California.
“It’s just the way things work,” Wright said. “It’s good to be able to (have) my first game being on the field going against my ex team. It’s one of those things (where) things happen for a reason.”
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