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Minnesota Vikings free-agent cornerback Chris Cook is scheduled to visit the 49ers on Thursday, the Sacramento Bee reported.
Cook, a four-year veteran, will be the first free agent to pay a visit to the 49ers before agreeing to a contract. The 49ers agreed to terms with safety Antoine Bethea, who traveled to Santa Clara to take a physical and sign his contract on Wednesday.
The 49ers are in the market for more help at cornerback. Free-agent Tarell Brown remains unsigned after two days of free agency. There have been no reports of teams interested in Brown.
[MAIOCCO: 49ers keeping eye on Brown, other CBs]
Tramaine Brock, Chris Culliver and Eric Wright are the 49ers’ top cornerbacks under contract for next season. The 49ers released veteran Carlos Rogers on Tuesday.
Cook has good size (6 foot 2) but is coming off a season in which he ranked near the bottom of NFL cornerbacks, according to Pro Football Focus’ grading system.
Cook, who started 11 games, surrendered nine touchdowns, tied for worst in the league. Opposing quarterbacks compiled a 140.3 passer rating against Cook, according PFF. In 29 career games, Cook has not recorded an interception.
Cook was the No. 34 overall pick of the Vikings in the 2010 draft. But he has run into trouble on and off the field. Cook was suspended for the final 10 games of the 2011 season after being charged with felony domestic assault by strangulation. He was acquitted of all charges and returned to start in all 10 games in which he appeared in 2012.