The San Francisco 49ers and free agent cornerback Perrish Cox have agreed to terms for Cox to return to the Bay Area on a 1-year deal. Cox was a restricted free agent, but the 49ers refused to tender him at $1.323 million, so he became an unrestricted free agent. As Cox generated little-to-no excitement in the market, however, the 49ers were able to bring him back for what one must assume was a significantly lower salary.
With Cox and Eric Wright back in the fold, the 49ers have once again established some cornerback depth for training camp. Since the 49ers all but certainly will draft a cornerback or two, however, the odds are that one or more of the cornerbacks currently on the roster will not be there when September rolls around.
Nevertheless, this is a good signing. Teams carry a ton of players during the offseason, and Cox did show enough to be deserving of entering the battle for a roster spot this year. Depending on how he plays and who the 49ers bring in, Cox may or may not make the team. At the very least, though, he can push someone else to be better.
Another former 49er cornerback, Carlos Rogers, remains a free agent. Though it would seem odd for the 49ers to bring him back after cutting him, that could potentially happen if his salary is low enough. Do not expect it, though. The draft is where Trent Baalke and Jim Harbaugh will really want to build.
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