Chargers Ink CB Derek Cox to 4-Year Deal

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The San Diego Chargers are playing comeback kids right now in free agency. The Denver Broncos are making big time moves left and right and Chargers fans were in a panic.

Finally the San Diego Chargers signed a player that some people have heard of before. The Chargers lost out on the opportunity to sign former Indianapolis Colts CB Jerraud Powers, but were not going to let another corner slip out of their grasp.

The Chargers have signed former Jacksonville Jaguars CB Derek Cox. Cox was scheduled to visit the New Orleans Saints tomorrow and then come to San Diego on Friday. We saw how that worked out with Powers (Powers visited the Cardinals first and never made his trip out to San Diego). Tom Telesco made sure to get the kid signed before be was even able to meet up with the Saints.

Of the two, Jerraud Powers and Derek Cox, I wanted Cox. Cox has good size and need it against some big time receivers in this division. He will have to face Wes Welker, Demayrius Thomas and Eric Decker… All in one game. Dwayne Bowe also is lurking around in this division.

Cox has struggled with injuries the last two seasons and will have to shake that injury bug. He is a physical corner and likes to hit. He also has some decent ball skills. This should make up a little bit for losing Antoine Cason and Quentin Jammer.

Cox is 6-foot-1, a buck-ninety-five with 4.3 speed. In his first NFL game, he intercepted Peyton Manning. We are going to need plenty of that! He was a 3rd round pick in 2009 and had 4 interceptions last season.

A nice pickup for Tom Telesco. I wonder if he felt any pressure from his rival Denver Broncos to make a move?

Cox will start at one corner, who will start on the other side?

Cox was signed to a 4-year deal, worth $20 million.

Topics: Free Agency, San Diego Chargers

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  • Cgoodness13

    Just sign max Starks….and we can easily make it to 8-8…..

    • NativeSanDiegan

      Yep. He should be a high priority, & if we’re fortunate in the draft grab a top 3 OT and let the King sit.

      • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

        Kings gotta be the backup for both sides, I hope hes not starting.

    • Sergio Quintero

      I would take Winston personally, and maybe sign Willie Colon as the other guard.

  • Cgoodness13

    Jag fans hold this guy in high regard, some think he can be a pro bowler

  • Brandon Rios

    The Broncos picked up Rodgers-Cromartie.

    • JoseSD

      Same type of player as his cousin, doesn’t tackle, overrated, gambles to go for the pick besides its just a one year deal

  • nate lew

    SO hyped right now! I also thought it was a much better idea to go after him than smaller Powers. Weddle and Derek Cox is a nice start to the secondary, it’s about time Shareece Wright or Gilly step up, they should be able to hold it down if this guy’s hammy acts up for a game or two next year. A 2nd round corner, and a mid round safety for Taylor insurance and our D is primed to be elite without the O putting their backs against the wall

    • Per Ola Öberg

      Resign Abrayo Frankling, Get a good ILB to partner up with Butler (oh and resign that kid to a 7 year or something hehe). Then the front 7 will scare people

  • Rob Base

    Nice good job Telesco! Now I can sleep a little better tonight. Maybe Gilchrist on the other side?

    • boltingindiego

      and shareece in the slot.

  • JoseSD

    Im kinda hoping they take Shamarko Thomas of Syracuse maybe in the 3rd round. He ran a sub 4.5 and put up over 30 reps on the bench press could be that enforcer at SS they’ve been missing since Rodney was let go

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      I like DJ Swearinger

      • JoseSD

        Now they just need to pick up a LB whether its MLB or OLB, re-sign Aubrayo Franklin and then the focus can shift to the draft

        • boltingindiego

          we need both an olb and mlb and definitely bring back franklin.

    • Sergio Quintero

      I’m with you on Thomas, you have to like a player compared to Bob Sanders

  • JoseSD

    What number will he wear? 22,23,26. I wonder how long they’ll keep Tomlinson’s number out of commission or will they retire it. 21 is just one of those numbers every RB and DB wants

    • http://www.standupforkids.org blackroseMD1

      21 needs to be retired. LT is a legend, letting anyone else on the Chargers wear that number would be an insult.

  • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

    This is awesome, I was hoping we would get Cox. Size speed and makes plays. Really happy about this. I hope we make some more this size caliber of moves. Pollard & Harrison! Though I have a feeling were going all youth at ever hole.

  • Lee

    now sign winston and resign barnes and alexander

    • http://www.standupforkids.org blackroseMD1

      Chargers plane is set to land in KC at 11:30 Central Time. Maybe Winston will be a Bolt by the end of the day.

  • davacho

    broncos are giving me an ulcer…

  • NativeSanDiegan

    In my personal overview, seems that TT is going about this rebuilding in his own preplanned manner. Fill roster holes with serviceable players; sign younger, promising, lower-cost guys. That gives him the freedom in the draft to build with the best players at positions of need or needed improvement.
    When hired, he said he has a plan for everything. I believe him and also believe this is the only way to build a Super Bowl Champ. Give him the benefit of doubt and get behind him.

    • http://www.facebook.com/lostkiara Stefanie Smith

      Really? How did the Patriots do it? Denver? Come on now. The whole NFL is not wrong and we are the ones doing the right thing.

      There has to be a balance. No need to run out and do the Mike Wallace signing, but there are still good value options in Free Agency… known Pro Bowl caliber players out there..as you saw.
      If you think the Broncos overpaid in FA for Welker, then I disagree. Nothing wrong with strategic selection of free agents.
      A mix would be good for me—can’t all be done solely from the draft.

      Colts just signed Landry on a $24 million deal. GB going for Steven Jackson.

      No–we cannot fix all our woes just through the draft and hope they work.

      • JoseSD

        Ummm…the Broncos haven’t won a super bowl since 1998 and all those teams you mentioned won their super bowl through the draft. 2001-2004 Pats Brady, Matt Light, Deion Branch, Richard Seymour, Ty Law, Willie McGinest, Teddi Bruschi all drafted they’re one big free agent was Rodney Harrison. Colts Super Bowl Manning, Marvin Harrison, Reggie Wayne, Dallas Clark, Jeff Saturday, Joseph Addai, Dwight Freeney, Robert Mathis, Gary Brackett, Antoine Bethea, Bob Sanders all drafted. Packers super bowl Aaron Rodgers, Greg Jennings, Donald Driver, Jermichael Finley, Jordy Nelson, BJ Raji, Clay Matthews, Tramon Williams, AJ Hawk, Nick Collins all drafted. Charles Woodson was signed in 06 but he was injured before halftime of the super bowl. sorry to ramble but all these teams you mentioned did it the way its supposed to be. Championship teams are built through the draft. Very rarely does a team sign a player that gives them that championship push. Maybe Reggie White to the Packers or Deion Sanders to the 49ers and Cowboys was the last time it worked. Typical teams that spend big in free agency like the Redskins and more recently the Eagle’s “Dream Team” fail to win it all

        • http://www.facebook.com/lostkiara Stefanie Smith

          No, they did not. Each of these teams regularly venture into FA. No, not solely the draft. Think what you wish and no need to go to the other extreme which would be Philadelphia.

          I mean, right now the Pats just signed Amendola–wait, they should have just gone through the draft. Last year, Aqib Talib, Lloyd, etc. Pittsburgh = Burress.

          The contenders have a mix. Right now, this NFL season, the contenders are venturing into the Free Agency pool of talent. Why wouldn’t GB just draft an RB instead of trying to sign Steven Jackson?

          I’m of the opinion that a mix would work better. Not liking the idea of fermenting these college kids for years before we see if they are any good. Not every draft pick is an Andrew Luck, Luke Kuechly or RG3.

          The point here (and you help make it) is these guys already went through the draft. Why start from scratch when we already know they are good? If Jordy Nelson were available, it would be silly not to sign him if the price was right. Same can be said for so many talented players out there.

          Do you think the Cox signing was a fail? It wasn’t.

          • JoseSD

            In the past decade of Super Bowl the only player you could argue that came through Free Agency to be the main factor in his team winning the Super Bowl is Drew Brees and even then it took 4 years to get there. Other than Vilma and Sharper everyone else on that team that really mattered was drafted. You can’t just sign expensive guys cause they’re big names with pro bowls on their resume. The players have to fit the system ask the Bills how paying 94 mil for Mario Williams worked out for them

          • http://www.facebook.com/lostkiara Stefanie Smith

            Yes, they have to fit into your system. That’s what we have coaches for and a GM–in order to pick the right free agents at the appropriate price.

            Experience does mean something. And as to busts, we can all recall the many expensive draft busts that have occurred. Chargers had one or two, expensive and total bust.

          • JoseSD

            Exactly, Vasquez didn’t fit the Zone system and didn’t want to be here and with Levitre the price wasnt right paying 40 mil for a Guard isn’t too good. They signed Derek Cox for probably the same amount they could have signed Cason, he doesn’t fit and he just plain sucks. Most of the big guys are gone as some get desperate to.sign with a team their prices will start coming down

          • http://www.facebook.com/lostkiara Stefanie Smith

            Agreed. Prices will start coming down. Cox was a good FA signing, hopefully. You never know for sure until you really see them play with the team.

          • NativeSanDiegan

            The Super Bowl winners have built their core through the draft, adding quality players at low cost. They then signed a top free agent

          • NativeSanDiegan

            Hey! My phone submitted that before I was finished. …signed FA to improve, many drawn there by quality of team. Even then many busts. The big OLB from Ravens to Pats. My point is you can’t win it all w/o starting w/draft. AJ ruined our core & ruined our salary cap. (At least he didn’t trade future draft picks away). So, here we are with an aging core
            Of course I’ll want them to sign that special player when we’re ready. But unfortunately we’re not there yet.

          • NativeSanDiegan

            Sorry I’m late weighing in on all this juicy stuff. We’re 3 hrs behind in Hi. Also woke up with bad migraine but OK now. Reason for my moniker; because I’min Hi now but grew up at Balboa Stadium. Even ran down sideline 5 ft from Art Powell (a great Traiders recvr). Quite an experience. Anyway, simply my ruminations after being fan for over 50 yrs. Just ” Don’t be hasty”. lol

  • blu3ny3llow

    Im thinking Jammer comes back at SS……

    • arnie

      it could be in the works. there has been no official statement the don’t plan to bring him back.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/James-P-Derrick/1654577989 James P Derrick

    Ernie, the old regime did bury all the young players…where does Stuckey fit in besides special teams & the bench??

    • http://www.facebook.com/lostkiara Stefanie Smith

      Stuckey did great but never got much of a chance to play. Hope they use him more.

  • 1961 Fan

    Look for the Broncos to walk into the playoffs AGAIN! The Chargers better do their “thing” in the draft or it’s third place for them in this building year.

    • tubbs45

      I would love to steal Dumerville. hehehe

  • Sergio Quintero

    Do the chargers bring in another CB, if they do who do you guys think it will be??

    Out of who remains the following guys sound like good options: Keenan Lewis, Carry Williams, Brent Grimes, Captain Munnerlyn (has been discussed).

    • tubbs45

      I think they definitely bring in more secondary help FA and Draft, but we need another middle LB, SS (i think lynch may be back), RB, OT/OG (I could see them resigning green UGH), CB ( drafting Tyrann Mathieu?)

  • Cgoodness13

    Anyone know what his vertical is?

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