- Associated Press - Monday, March 7, 2016

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) - The Baltimore Ravens signed cornerback Shareece Wright to a three-year deal Monday, two days before he was eligible to become a free agent.

The 28-year-old Wright signed with Baltimore as a free agent in October after being released by the San Francisco 49ers. He played in 11 games with the Ravens in 2015, including seven starts.

“He’s just the kind of guy that we want to continue to build our defense with,” coach John Harbaugh said.

Later Monday, Baltimore signed long snapper Morgan Cox to a five-year contract. Cox also was slated to become a free agent Wednesday.

“That’s obviously just a very important signing, because it all starts with the snapper when you’re talking about the kicker and the holder and the punter,” Harbaugh said. “Morgan has been one of the best, if not the best, in the business for a few years now.”

Wright was drafted by San Diego in the third round of the 2011 draft. He played four seasons with the Chargers before signing with the 49ers, who never put him in a game.

Wright has played in 55 career games, starting 34 of them. He has 163 career tackles, one interceptions and one forced fumble.

Returning to Baltimore wasn’t just about the money, Wright said.

“You see a lot of players leave teams that they were with to chase the money, and their careers don’t really go the direction that they thought it would,” he said. “I knew to come back here with a team that knows me -and I got to get to know them - I knew it was important.”

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