San Francisco 49ers

Washington signs Chris Culliver to a 4-year deal

Chris Culliver drew plenty of scrutiny at the 2012 Super Bowl after making anti-gay comments to a radio personality on media day.
Chris Culliver drew plenty of scrutiny at the 2012 Super Bowl after making anti-gay comments to a radio personality on media day. The Associated Press

Ex-49ers cornerback Chris Culliver has signed with Washington, according to a league source. The deal reportedly is worth as much as $32 million over four years.

Washington also had met with another 49ers free-agent cornerback, Perrish Cox, who also has drawn interest from the Browns and Titans. It’s not known which other teams were in the running for Culliver, 26, although the 49ers were in contact throughout the process and the Dolphins and Jets were believed to have shown interest prior to the start of free agency.

Culliver was a third-round pick by the 49ers in 2011 and came into games in the team’s nickel packages as a rookie. His tenure, however, was marked by judgment issues, including anti-gay comments at the Super Bowl that became a national story that week. Culliver worked hard to repair his image, working with the LGBT community in the year after the Super Bowl.

He suffered an ACL tear in training camp in 2013 and missed the season. Last spring he was involved in a hit-and-run incident in San Jose. The local District Attorney’s Office still is handling the case.

With both Culliver and Cox likely playing elsewhere this year, Tramaine Brock figures to regain one of the starting cornerback spots for the 49ers. General manager Trent Baalke this week said he was eager to see how a group of young corners, including Dontae Johnson, Keith Reaser and Kenneth Acker performs during the offseason.

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