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NFL free agency rumors: 49ers interested in Chris Cook, per Matt Barrows

The 49ers might be interested in cornerback Chris Cook. We break down some thoughts on the former Viking, and his own thoughts on his 2013 performance.

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Fooch's Update: Matt Barrows is now reporting Cook will visit the 49ers on Thursday.

Sacramento Bee beat writer Matt Barrows is reporting the San Francisco 49ers are interested in Minnesota Vikings cornerback Chris Cook. The 49ers are likely in need of a cornerback with Carlos Rogers recent release, and no word on the future of Tarell Brown. It's a good bet that the 49ers will address the position in the draft, but free agency help remains an option.

Cook is 6'2, 212 pounds, with the skill-set to be solid in press coverage. The folks at Daily Norseman have struggled to figure him out. Back when he was drafted, Mocking the Draft wrote about him as a guy without a position. They described him as lacking athleticism to be a cornerback, but lacking the physicality of a safety. The concern seems to be that he has not played up to his skill set.

According to Pro Football Focus, Cook allowed the most touchdowns in what was a brutal Vikings secondary. Cook weighed in on his performance on Twitter (pardon the language!):

Cook has had his share of distractions. He was arrested in 2011 for domestic assault. He was acquitted in 2012, but he missed ten games in 2011. He says he has made some lifestyle changes. Additionally, social media has been one area of criticism of Cook. Some view him as a little too active. Who knows if that makes it a distraction or not, but it's something that will come up. He did a Twitter Q&A in January, if you want to check that out.