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March 14, 2014
49ers to sign cornerback Chris Cook

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Vikings free-agent cornerback Chris Cook, who visited the team today, will sign a one-year deal, according to a league source. Cook, 27, was a disappointment in Minnesota both on and off the field, and he ended his four-year stay there without an interception.

However, at 6-2 and 212 pounds, he has the height, athleticism and the long arms general manager Trent Baalke has been searching for in a press cornerback. The terms of the deal are not known, but there was not a high demand for Cook and the deal is likely to be team-friendly and similar to the ones signed by troubled cornerbacks Perrish Cox and Eric Wright in recent seasons.

The 49ers also hosted Seahawks free-agent cornerback Walter Thurmond today. Cook's signing is likely to have little impact on the team's pursuit of other free agents.

As of now, the presumed cornerback starters for the 49ers are Tramaine Brock and Chris Culliver, who is coming back from an ACL tear. Cook, Wright, Darryl Morris and Dax Swanson are the others currently on the roster. The team's starters for the last three seasons, Tarell Brown and Carlos Rogers, are free agents.

-- 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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