Chris Culliver was not completely out the door, but it was obvious the 49ers were not going to pay the free-agent cornerback the kind of money that would keep him in Santa Clara.
On Wednesday, 49ers general manager Trent Baalke was asked about the team’s situation at cornerback.
“Feel good about it,” Baalke said. “Feel real good about it.”
And, then, he ticked off the names of a veteran with just nine career starts in five seasons and four picks from the 2014 draft to support his claim.
“We’ve got Tramaine Brock coming back,” Baalke said. “Dontae Johnson, a young guy that played well last year when he had the opportunity. Jimmie Ward, coming back to play in the slot. We’ve got two guys that we drafted a year ago that weren’t able to play -- Keith Reaser and Kenneth Acker.
“We’ve got those guys in the mix. We’re working on a couple of other things still, and then we’ve got a draft. I can see the thought process that you may have, but internally, (I) feel good about the group and where it can go.”
Culliver agreed to terms Friday morning on a reported four-year, $32 million contract with Washington. Free-agent Perrish Cox continues his free-agent tour at Tennessee Titans on Friday. He traveled to Washington on Wednesday and Cleveland on Thursday.
[RELATED: Report: Culliver signing with Washington]
Veteran Chris Cook, whose season ended after six games due to a hamstring injury, remains a free agent, too. The 49ers have expressed interest in re-signing him, but there have been no recent contact, a source told CSNBayArea.com.
The 49ers currently have eight cornerbacks under contract:
Tramaine Brock (5-10, 197): What was expected to be his first full season as a starter, in essence, ended after about a dozen snaps. Brock sustained a hyperextended toe early in the season opener and was never healthy the remainder of the season. He remains signed through 2017 at an average cost of $3.5 million per season. That’s the price the 49ers are not expected to exceed with their offer for Cox.
[RELATED: Cox visits Browns; Titans scheduled next]
Jimmie Ward (5-11, 193): Listed as a safety, the first-round pick of 2014 is the team’s nickel back. He is a significant part of the team’s cornerback picture with his role of covering slot receivers. Ward is ahead of schedule in his recovery from a re-fractured foot, Baalke said, but it’s not known how much he’ll participate in the offseason program.
Dontae Johnson (6-2, 200): The fourth-round pick played in all 16 games with starts coming in his final three games as a rookie. Even with his size as the biggest corner on the roster, Johnson demonstrated the versatility to play in the slot.
Kenneth Acker (6-0, 195): He had a strong training camp and exhibition season after coming to the 49ers as a sixth-round draft pick. At the end of camp, Acker was placed on injured reserve with a stress fracture.
Keith Reaser (6-0, 190): The 49ers really like Reaser. They selected him in the fifth round even after they knew he would not be available as a rookie due to ACL surgery before the draft. He should be available to compete for a spot on the roster and a role on the team for the entire offseason program.
Leon McFadden (5-10, 190): A third-round pick of the Cleveland Browns in 2013, McFadden signed with the 49ers practice squad early last season after the New York Jets waived him. He played in 16 games with two starts as a rookie with the Browns before his brief stay with the Jets. He ended up seeing action in seven games with the 49ers last season, as he joined the 53-man roster after Cook went on injured reserve.
Marcus Cromartie (6-0, 195): He saw action in the final three games of the season after spending the previous three weeks on the 49ers' practice squad. Cromartie spent time with San Diego and Cleveland since entering the NFL as an undrafted free agent from Wisconsin in 2013.
Cameron Fuller (5-11, 175): He was signed to the 49ers’ practice squad in December as an undrafted free agent. He was promoted to the 53-man roster but did not play in the season finale.