As Tarell Brown was signing a one-year contract with the Raiders on Friday, cornerback Chris Cook was signing a one-year contract on the other end of the bay.
Like two other newly signed 49ers, Jonathan Martin and Blaine Gabbert, Cook – who spent four often-rocky seasons with Minnesota – said he was looking forward to “revamping my career” with San Francisco.
“I feel rejuvenated now that I’ve signed my contract,” he said.
A 2010 second-round pick by the Vikings, Cook, 27, was a disappointment on the field – he has no interceptions in 34 games, including 29 starts – and off the field.
In 2011, he was arrested for felony domestic assault following an altercation with his girlfriend. Cook claimed self-defense and was acquitted, but the Vikings suspended him for 10 games that season. Earlier that year, he was arrested for allegedly pulling a gun on a neighbor near his home in his native Virginia. He was found not guilty.
The signing appears similar to previous deals with troubled cornerbacks like Perrish Cox and Eric Wright in that the 49ers give the player a chance to prove he has turned around his career. If not, they can be released with little consequence to the team’s salary cap.
Cook, who is 6-foot-2, 212 pounds, said the 49ers didn’t mince words about how they saw him fitting into the defense.
“They want me to be the press guy,” he said. “And that’s what I like to do. I feel like I’ll fit in well with the one-high (safety) scheme that they like to run. I came from a two-high scheme. And I feel like a one-high scheme and a man-to-man scheme fits me well.”
Brown, meanwhile, spent the last three seasons as the 49ers’ starter at right cornerback. When Tramaine Brock, not Brown, received a contract extension during the 2013 season, it was clear the 49ers had moved on.
Brown’s departure means the secondary that defensive coordinator Vic Fangio and the 49ers assembled in 2011 is likely gone. One safety, Dashon Goldson, signed with the Buccaneers last year, and the other, Donte Whitner, is now in Cleveland. The 49ers cut cornerback Carlos Rogers on Tuesday. He remains unsigned.
Brock promises to be a starting cornerback in September. Chris Culliver, who is on schedule to fully recover from an ACL injury, is the frontrunner at the other spot. The other cornerbacks on the roster are Wright, Cook and 2013 rookies Darryl Morris and Dax Swanson.
Et cetera – Brown wasn’t the only 49ers free agent who signed elsewhere. Running back Anthony Dixon reached a deal with the Buffalo Bills. His spot in San Francisco’s running backs corps will be filled by Marcus Lattimore.
Patriots free-agent receiver Julian Edelman visited Friday and another wideout, Pittsburgh’s Emmanuel Sanders, will visit today. A third receiver who was linked to the 49ers, the Giants’ Hakeem Nicks, signed a one-year deal with the Colts.
The 49ers remain interested in re-signing receiver and special-teams ace Kassim Osgood. If that occurs, it likely would be a short-term deal for the league minimum.