The 49ers today will visit with cornerback and Antioch native Sterling Moore, who took on a big role in the Cowboys defense last season after starter Morris Claiborne was hurt in Week 4.
From that point on, Moore, 25, played nickel cornerback for Dallas, starting nine games -- including both playoff games -- and finishing with 12 pass breakups and 39 tackles. Pro Football Focus gave him a +3.7 grade overall.
Moore was scheduled to be a restricted free agent but the Cowboys did not tender him. That made him an unrestricted free agent and he's already had visits with the Buccaneers and Steelers.
The 49ers signed two free-agent cornerbacks Saturday, Shareece Wright and Chris Cook, and they have a host of first-year players like Jimmie Ward, Dontae Johnson, Keith Reaser and Kenneth Acker at the position.
But they could perhaps use depth at nickel where Ward played eight games last season before a foot injury -- the same one that had sidelined him in the offseason -- landed him on injured reserve. From that point on, the job was handled by Perrish Cox, who is now a Titan, and by Johnson.
Moore (5-10, 202 pounds) played at Deer Valley High in Antioch before going to SMU. He went undrafted in 2011 and has spent the last four seasons with the Raiders, Patriots and Cowboys.
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