According to reports, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are on the verge of finalizing a deal with cornerback Derek Cox. The Jaguars have had communication with Cox and his agent leading up to free agency, but he is expected to command more money on the open market than the Jaguars are willing to pay for the oft-injured corner.
Cox has been a solid player for the Jaguars defense when he has been on the field, but he has been prone to nagging injuries over the past two seasons that have caused him to miss a total of 14 games. In fact Cox has only played in all 16 games once in his pro career which was his rookie season in 2009.
The asking price by Cox and his agent appears to be in the $7 to $8 million range which is a risky price tag for a guy with his injury history. Given the recent release of Dawan Landry and Aaron Ross coupled with the revelation that Rashean Mathis will not be back next season, it appears that new Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell is planning on totally remaking the secondary this offseason.
If the Jaguars do indeed lose Cox, cornerback is one of the positions this offseason that has tremendous depth on the free agent market, so Caldwell can look for his replacement there.