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49ers hope to strike gold with CB Chris Cook


The San Francisco 49ers have added a cornerback, but it’s not the one many 49ers fans were hoping for.

Here’s the skinny on Chris Cook.

  • He’s big — 6′ 2″, 212 lbs.
  • Highly valued coming out of Virginia — drafted 34th overall by the Vikings in 2010
  • His stats are not exciting — zero interceptions, 14 passes defensed and a sack in 34 games
  • He’s not exactly a boy scout — on second though, this requires more than a bullet point …

From Barrows:

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.

In other words, he’s one part Perrish Cox, a dash of Eric Wright, with some extra size added in. (Man, Barrows beat me to that one as well.) So we’re not talking about a lot of money here, probably to the point where the 49ers won’t hesitate to kick Cook to the curb if he acts up or underperforms in offseason workouts.

Cook is a depth signing, with the hope that defensive backs coach Ed Donatell can take his physical tools and mold him into a press cornerback who can give bigger receivers some trouble. One can point to this signing as an example of how the NFL is a copycat league, with the 49ers mimicking the Seahawks in this case by adding a larger-than-average corner.

Many 49ers fans want/wanted the 49ers to follow Seattle’s lead in another way by signing Walter Thurmond, which could still happen. Who knows, we’ve heard pretty much nothing about Tarell Brown since free agency began. Maybe he’s still an option. And there’s always the draft (I still think the 49ers are going to take a cornerback in the first round).

In other words, this is not a signing to gnash one’s teeth over. It’s not one to celebrate either, but there are probably at least two or three other bargain-basement players that’ll end up in San Francisco before the March is over.

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