The top-tier cornerbacks are vanishing from the free-agent market. Now the 49ers are looking at what's left over.
According to the NFL Network, the team will meet today with Chargers free-agent Shareece Wright, 27, who started 27 games in the past two seasons but who has just one interception over that span. The 5-11, 182-pound Wright also is capable of playing nickel cornerback but mostly has been on the outside for the Chargers.
The scouting service Pro Football Focus placed Wright in the bottom 10 among starting cornerbacks in each of the last two years.
The 49ers had three unrestricted free-agent cornerbacks this year. Chris Culliver today signed a four-year deal with Washington while Perrish Cox today visited Tennessee after earlier meetings with Cleveland and Washington.
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The 49ers have had no recent contact with Chris Cook, who has drawn interest from a few other teams, a league source said.
General manager Trent Baalke this week said he was happy with the cornerbacks he has on the team, a group that includes Tramaine Brock, Dontae Johnson, Keith Reaser and Kennth Acker, and that at the nickel position features former first-round pick Jimmie Ward.
Baalke, however, also hinted that other moves could be made at the position and now, when the bargains can be had in free agency, is when he usually brings in a player or two.
The 49ers could use someone to back up Ward, who re-injured his foot Nov. 9 in New Orleans and was placed on injured reserve.
Cox and Johnson filled in at the nickel cornerback position from that point on last year.
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