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March 12, 2014
Tall order: 49ers interested in Vikings FA cornerback Chris Cook

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It's official. For the second straight year, the 49ers are in the market for tall, long-armed cornerbacks.

They've shown interest in 6-1 Dolphins free-agent Nolan Carroll, who is visiting the Bills today, as well as Vikings free agent Chris Cook. Cook, 27, stands 6-2 and weighs 212 pounds. He was a second-round pick by the Vikings in 2010, and he's started 21 games over the last two seasons. He does not have an interception in the four years he's been in the league. Last year, the team initially was in the running for then-free agent Sean Smith and ultimately signed Nnamdi Asomugha. Both are tall for their position.

Cook had a trouble-filled stint with the Vikings. In 2012 he was acquitted of charges that he assaulted his girlfriend the year prior. He was arrested after that incident and suspended 10 games by the Vikings. Earlier in 2011, he was accused of pulling a gun on a neighbor, but was ultimately found not guilty in the incident. Cook also was ejected from a game Dec. 1 after pushing an official.

On Tuesday, the 49ers cut one of their starters, Carlos Rogers, and watched another, Tarell Brown, hit free agency. The team signed Eric Wright to a one-year deal. Wright, Tramaine Brock and Chris Culliver currently are their top players at the position with 2013 undrafted rookies Darryl Morris and Dax Swanson supplying depth.

The 49ers have shown interest in re-signing Brown. They also are expected to use one of their top picks in the May draft on a cornerback.

-- 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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