The San Francisco 49ers re-signed special teams ace Kassim Osgood to a one-year deal yesterday, and they re-signed another solid role player to a one-year deal today. Per a source close to CSN Bay Area’s Matt Maiocco, the 49ers are bringing back backup cornerback Perrish Cox after deciding not to tender him earlier this month, and I would be shocked if the deal isn’t for the veteran minimum.
While the 49ers were never expected to tender Cox in the first place, it makes a whole lot of sense for them to ultimately bring him back on a cheap, one-year deal as a backup. Cox has experience and the ability to play inside or outside, and the 27-year-old is a more valuable backup on the team following the obvious decision to make slot corner Carlos Rogers a cap casualty this offseason. Rogers is still solid, but he’s getting older and was simply too expensive to keep around.
Meanwhile, Cox is cheap, and he can play in dime packages and make solid contributions on special teams, so the 49ers were able to keep two key special teams players in two days. Last season, the former Denver Broncos starter recorded five tackles and had 82 kick-off return yards. The 49ers look poised to take a corner in this year’s draft class, and I usually have them taking Virginia Tech’s Kyle Fuller in the first round of my mock drafts.