How much was former San Francisco 49ers CB Perrish Cox worth on the open market? While he eventually struck a three-year, $15 million deal with the Tennessee Titans, it appears that Cox was not high on the 49ers priority list.
— Ryan Sakamoto (@SakamotoRyan) April 8, 2015
A source close to Cox told me that he had four visits which included Washington, Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns, and Titans (the Oakland Raiders) were also in the mix. And while the teams were all vying for his services it appears it was the 49ers who were prepared to let him walk all along as I was told he was offered only $1.5 million per season.
A source close to Perrish Cox tells me that the Baltimore Ravens were the front-runners for Cox’s services but Titans jumped ahead late. — Ryan Sakamoto (@SakamotoRyan) April 8, 2015
Right after the season had ended, Cox took it upon himself to talk to management about his contract situation and when nothing came of it, it seemed that Cox was all but on his way out as I had a feeling that both him and CB Chris Culliver would not be re-signed.
My gut feeling is that #49ers GM Trent Baalke won’t re-sign CB Chris Culliver or Perrish Cox. Why you ask? Both are too rich for his blood.
— Ryan Sakamoto (@SakamotoRyan) March 12, 2015
As it turns out that was the case and the 49ers now have gaping holes at the cornerback position despite CB Tramaine Brock locking down one side.
The front-runner is second-year CB Dontae Johnson but I’m hearing that he’s not ready yet to relish a starting role, leaving me to believe that the secondary could be a problem in 2015 especially if the pass-rush doesn’t improve.
With the 49ers preparing for the NFL draft, we will keep you updated on the latest surrounding Santa Clara as it unfolds.