Hoping to shore up their thinning secondary, the San Francisco 49ers are poised to sign Vikings cornerback Chris Cook, The Sacramento Bee’s Matt Barrows wrote Friday.
The deal is reportedly good for one year.
The 6-foot-2, 212-pound Cook, drafted 34th overall in 2010, is coming off four disappointing seasons with the Vikings in which he totaled zero interceptions and 101 tackles in 34 games. The 27 year old allowed a league-high nine touchdowns in 2013, according to Pro Football Focus. Quarterbacks had a 140.3 passer rating when throwing in his direction, per Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Cook has a history of off-the-field issues, including a felony domestic assault by strangulation charge in 2012 that sidelined him for 10 games. He was acquitted of the charge in March 2012.
The move comes three days after the 49ers signed two other fledgling high-round draft picks in quarterback Blaine Gabbert and offensive tackle Jonathan Martin.
Carlos Rogers and Tarell Brown, the 49ers’ starting cornerbacks of the past three seasons, are unrestricted free agents. That leaves Cook to compete with Tramaine Brock, Chris Culliver and Eric Wright.
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