San Diego Chargers add needed veteran presence with the signing of Derek Cox

By Kenny Gardner
Derek Cox San Diego Chargers
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According to Michael Gehlken of, the San Diego Chargers singed former Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Derek Cox to a four-year deal worth $20 million with $10.25 million guaranteed.

Cox spent four seasons with Jacksonville from 2009-2012. During his time there, he led the Jaguars in pass deflections and interceptions in 2009, 2010 and 2012.

Quentin Jammer and Antoine Cason started all of San Diego’s games at left and right cornerback in 2012. Jammer is not expected to be brought back while Cason’s status remains up in the air. According to a report on, the Miami Dolphins are interested in Cason and it’s also been reported that the Arizona Cardinals are scheduled to meet with Cason.

Before San Diego’s front office signed Cox, the team had six cornerbacks who combined for 35 career starts. He appeared in 47 games and made 45 starts with Jacksonville from 2009-2012.

San Diego’s pass defense allowed 6.9 yards per attempt in 2012, which ranked 12th in the NFL. Cox should help out a secondary that was desperate for a veteran presence in the starting lineup.

San Diego’s front office missed out on veteran CB Jerraud Powers, who signed with Arizona, but I expect a strong push to re-sign Cason, who spent five seasons with the team from 2008-2012.

The return of Cason along with Cox would prevent San Diego from returning to a horrible secondary that allowed 7.9 yards per pass attempt in 2011, which ranked 28th in the NFL. Cason and Cox are both 26 years old, so the Lighting Bolts would have their secondary set for the future.

San Diego’s front office had to make moves to improve a team that was 7-9 last season. The Chargers still need a wide receiver and a backup running back to help Philip Rivers and take pressure away from Ryan Mathews, but the moves made should help them improve heading into the 2013 season.

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