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Chris Cook to Compete with Young CB Group

Posted Mar 15, 2014

As things currently stand on the 49ers roster, Eric Wright, Chris Cook and Tramaine Brock have the most starting experience.

When Chris Cook walked in the building, he immediately felt comfortable with his new surroundings.

Jim Harbaugh and Ed Donatell, San Francisco’s head coach and secondary coach, both toured the 49ers facility with Cook, the fourth-year pro. They made Cook feel wanted and they made him feel like San Francisco would be the best place for him to continue his career.

Hours later, Cook signed a one-year contract with the 49ers.

“When I walked in the building, I just felt at home,” Cook said. “It’s a winning environment. Over the past three years, they’ve had the most wins in the NFL.”

Cook also took away a strong impression of Harbaugh from their initial meeting.

“He’s a good guy,” Cook, the former Minnesota Vikings cornerback said. “I can tell that he genuinely cares about the players and the environment in the locker room.”

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Cook, a 6-foot-2, 212-pound cornerback, was the 34th overall selection in the 2010 NFL Draft. He joins Blaine Gabbert and Jonathan Martin as highly touted draft prospects looking to re-establish themselves with the 49ers.

“It’s a second chance for me to come out and prove what I can really be and what I should be,” said Cook, who has 29 starts, 120 tackles and 13 pass breakups in his NFL career. “I feel like this is a great opportunity for me and I’m looking forward to it.”

Shortly after signing his contract, Cook shared his candid feelings on his Twitter account. “This is one of my happiest moments… No lie,” he tweeted.

Cook will join a young cornerback group with the likes of Tramaine Brock, Chris Culliver, Eric Wright and Daryl Morris. The team’s opening day starters of 2013, Carlos Rogers and Tarell Brown, are no longer with the 49ers. Rogers was released; Brown signed a one-year contract with the Raiders.

Brock, Cook and Wright have the most starting experience among San Francisco’s current cornerback group. However, offseason competitions will determine who lines up with the starting 11 this upcoming season.

Cook is just fine with that.

“Competition is always a good thing,” he said. “When you have competition with guys as good as these guys are, you have to give bring you A-game at all times. You can’t take days off. You have to work every day.

“Having a competition in the same room motivates guys and it makes us better as a group.”


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