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March 14, 2014
49ers free-agent tracker: CBs, WRs top the list

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Here's a run-down of where things stand for the 49ers in free agency.

Persons of interest

CB Chris Cook: UPDATE -- SIGNED with 49ers. The ex-Vikings cornerback flew to the Bay Area Thursday and is visiting today. A second-round pick in 2010, Cook has been a disappointment on and off the field for Minnesota. However, he has the size and athleticism GM Trent Baalke is seeking in a cornerback, and his past transgressions may make him more affordable than other options. The 49ers also have perhaps the best defensive backs coach in the league in Ed Donatell.

CB Walter Thurmond: UPDATE -- SIGNED with the Giants. The ex-Seahawk can play both outside and the nickel position, a real asset considering that Carlos Rogers is unlikely to be back. Thurmond is from California. But he also wants to return to Seattle and is hoping the Seahawks increase their offer. He already has visited Jacksonville, where ex-Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley is the head coach, and he has other suitors, including the Redskins.

WR Julian Edelman: UPDATE -- SIGNED with the Patriots. He's a Bay Area native the 49ers have had their eye on since he was preparing for the draft in 2009. He's become Tom Brady's top target and the Patriots want to re-sign him. However, their offer to date has been unsatisfactory. Can the 49ers give him more? And can they promise him a big role in an offense that has Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin and which uses three wide receivers only 20 percent of the time?

WR Emmanuel Sanders: UPDATE -- multiple reports say he will SIGN with Denver. He had plans to be in town Saturday. He has the kind of deep speed to stretch defenses, which the 49ers sorely lacked at wide receiver last year. Still, you have to wonder why the Steelers -- who use that type of receiver as well as any team in the league -- haven't made a bigger effort to retain him.

WR Hakeem Nicks: UPDATE: SIGNED a one-year deal with the Colts. ESPN reported the 49ers have shown interest in the one-time Giants receiver. At 26, Nicks is still young, and if the 49ers believe he can recapture his early-career form, he'd be worth a spot on the roster. However, he'd be no more than the team's No. 3 receiver, a position that didn't see very many passes last year. If playing time is important, Nicks is likely to find better options elsewhere.

Hello
S Antoine Bethea: Signed four-year, $21 milliondeal
K Phil Dawson: Signed two-year, $6.1 million deal
CB Eric Wright: Signed one-year, $900,000 deal
CB Chris Cook: Signed one-year deal
OT Jonathan Martin: Traded from Miami
QB Blaine Gabbert: Traded from Jacksonville
DL Demarcus Dobbs: Tendered one-year RFA contract
LB Michael Wilhoite: Tendered one-year ERFA contract

Goodbye
S Donte Whitner: Signed four-year, $28 million with Cleveland
CB Tarell Brown: Signed a one-year deal with Oakland
RB Anthony Dixon: He announced he is signing with Buffalo
WR Mario Manningham: Signed a one-year deal with the Giants

Limbo
CB Carlos Rogers
C Jonathan Goodwin: Said 49ers have not closed door on bringing him back
WR Kassim Osgood: 49ers interested in bringing him back
QB Colt McCoy
CB Perrish Cox: vacationing in Bahamas

-- Matt Barrows



MATTHEW BARROWS

Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.

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