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49ers sign troubled cornerback Perrish Cox


The San Francisco 49ers announced Tuesday that they have signed cornerback Perrish Cox to a two-year contract.

Obviously unafraid to take fliers on players with major character concerns, the Niners are signing Cox just under two weeks after he was acquitted of rape charges. Cox was also red flagged by NFL teams coming out of Oklahoma State in 2009. Considered a first-round talent, Cox was banned from the school’s Pro Day and had to schedule his own personal workout.

He fell to the fifth round.

Cox did start nine games as a rookie in Denver.

The Niners likely gave Cox minimum salaries in both seasons, and just like any “camp body,” he’ll have to earn a roster spot in training camp. Ultimately, it’s a high-upside, low-risk move.

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43 Responses to “49ers sign troubled cornerback Perrish Cox”
  1. sledgehorn says: Mar 13, 2012 2:17 PM

    Does anyone have the explanation of the cholula on the table yet…?

  2. mezter says: Mar 13, 2012 2:18 PM

    The Niners are doing a lot of low risk, high reward signings so far. I like it. Its a technique that will help keep the team competative for a while.

  3. trollhammer20 says: Mar 13, 2012 2:19 PM

    Bye bye Carlos.

    So much for Harbaugh being a “character counts” coach.

  4. LoCoSu@%s says: Mar 13, 2012 2:19 PM

    I hope this young man gets his life straightened out.
    I will applaud the 49ers more for that, than any contribution he makes on the field.
    Of course there may be a strong link between the two, i.e. 49ers keep him around because he plays well, but I am hopeful he can accomplish both.

  5. dirtyjersey9er says: Mar 13, 2012 2:20 PM


    Doesn’t necessarily say the team isn’t re-signing Carlos Rogers as CB was a position where depth was a need too even if Rogers re-signs.

  6. ampats says: Mar 13, 2012 2:24 PM

    Good to see the 49ers signing high quality locker room leaders in the off season. I understand Albert Haynesworth is also available.

  7. rasalghoul says: Mar 13, 2012 2:25 PM

    Hide the cheerleaders…

  8. homelanddefense says: Mar 13, 2012 2:26 PM

    It only takes a handful of these guys to poison a whole locker room. Happened in NE with Moss, A Thomas and a few other guys.

  9. joe3001 says: Mar 13, 2012 2:26 PM

    @ sledgehorn:

    That was his entire punishment … he was sentenced to drink the bottle.

  10. skeebo80 says: Mar 13, 2012 2:27 PM

    Hell is going on? Was Carlos price THAT MUCH

  11. godofwine330 says: Mar 13, 2012 2:27 PM

    “The saddest thing in life is wasted talent” – A Bronx Tale

    Troubled kid, low risk, high rewardas Silva said. Talent trumps all. There is talent there, unfortunately there is a bonehead 20-something kid there too.

    Can he grow up and be the player that he can be? This may be his last chance to prove that he can do it at the NFL level. Because of his checkered past he will never get the big dollars that he could have gotten, maybe for the rest of his career. I wish I was born with multi-million dollar talents.

  12. nineroutsider says: Mar 13, 2012 2:29 PM

    He did have a great rookie year and he has huge upside, plus the 9ers locker room should help him a lot, but he is still a dirty turd…don’t care what the jury said.

    Oh well, in Trent and Harbs we trust…I have to wish him the best and hope they turn him into a pro-bowler and a model citizen.

  13. Nevis says: Mar 13, 2012 2:31 PM

    If it’s true this is for league minimum, this is NO risk ALL reward for the 49ers. He’ll either perform and get straightened out, or they cut him and move on.

    The 49ers are not stupid — be assured, this contract (as well as Moss’) are riddled with out-clauses.

    They will not rest their hopes on these types of guys. But they will certainly give them an opportunity to succeed.

  14. thadamntruth says: Mar 13, 2012 2:32 PM

    And now they have two Gansta Players…to go along with their Gansta Fans!

  15. goldrush36 says: Mar 13, 2012 2:33 PM

    Character does count but he also believes in second chances. Notice no matter how good the player the contract is very low.

  16. dyna5ty says: Mar 13, 2012 2:34 PM

    It’s like baalke and harbaugh thought we didn’t have enough cancers in our locker room. “hey let’s add these guys. That should create some problems next season”.

  17. hmpennypacker says: Mar 13, 2012 2:34 PM

    Worrying trend happened here. Whose signing next? T.O.???

  18. amgdds says: Mar 13, 2012 2:36 PM

    Jets West. Yeesh

  19. hawkitnow says: Mar 13, 2012 2:36 PM

    Lol excellent move. An upgrade from Carlos rogers no? Hahaha

  20. carryingweight says: Mar 13, 2012 2:36 PM

    Big Ben still plays in the league.

  21. ninerswilldominatelikebefore says: Mar 13, 2012 2:37 PM

    if im connecting the dots right here somebody in court squirted cholula hot sauce in his face during the trial? or did he use it on the victim so its evidence?

  22. ronaldmexico says: Mar 13, 2012 2:38 PM

    With the addition of Cox, Randy Moss looks like he’s the character guy signing of the last few days.

  23. p31squared says: Mar 13, 2012 2:38 PM

    This guy’s a “sleeper”…

  24. derfshambeaux says: Mar 13, 2012 2:39 PM

    Get your hot sauce ready!

  25. fu7ur3pr00f says: Mar 13, 2012 2:39 PM

    With Moss and Cox, Harbaugh’s just taking a page from Belichick’s book.

    Bring in dudes with issues and chips on their shoulders for no guaranteed money, and everything to lose to a team that’s locked ‘n loaded and will sweep the West again this year.

    Niners are just looking ahead to the playoffs again next year. Like they really need to be worried about the Seahawks, Cards, and Rams. Yawn.

  26. nflofficeadmin says: Mar 13, 2012 2:41 PM

    Congrats Cox. Happy to see that you are able to get on with the rest of your life.

  27. hitit49 says: Mar 13, 2012 2:41 PM

    “Does anyone have the explanation of the cholula on the table yet…?”

    Got some in his eyes

  28. tunesmith says: Mar 13, 2012 2:43 PM

    Perrish “Hot Sauce” Cox. That’s hilarious.

  29. KIR says: Mar 13, 2012 2:44 PM

    Does the defendant have to prove he’s innocent or does the prosecution have to prove he’s guilty and the burden of proof? Why didn’t the prosecution call the other two people who were in the apartment to testify? The girl she had sex with and Vaughn who witnessed the girl on girl sex Maybe Cox was just as drunk as the alleged victim or just panicked when talking to the police. According to a Vaughn the alleged victim had girl on girl sex after Demetrius Thomas left the apartment. Demetrius wasn’t sure if she fell asleep or passed out. Where’s the proof to send Cox to jail for 10 years and ruin his life?

  30. Soulman45 says: Mar 13, 2012 2:44 PM

    If a team sign enough bad boys you will end up having a gang of bad boys is that good I think not.

    Good luck To The 9ers
    Rest In Hell
    A Bad Boy

  31. melikefootball says: Mar 13, 2012 2:46 PM

    Wherer is his suspension for conduct unbecoming???

  32. Nevis says: Mar 13, 2012 2:47 PM

    dyna5ty says:
    Mar 13, 2012 2:34 PM
    It’s like baalke and harbaugh thought we didn’t have enough cancers in our locker room. “hey let’s add these guys. That should create some problems next season”.


    Dude, what are you smoking? Seriously.

  33. pooflingingmonkey says: Mar 13, 2012 2:51 PM

    In other news, female employees for the 49ers have been given a lifetime supply of Starbuck’s coffee, Red Bull and No-Doz at no charge, and are advised to use it at all times when Cox is in the vicinity.

  34. brooklynniner19 says: Mar 13, 2012 2:52 PM

    Loving all this 49er love today from the MEDIA!! GO 9ers !!

    Check list

  35. jnova80 says: Mar 13, 2012 2:53 PM

    Another low risk move, possible return man, but most likely won’t see much action on defense. Has to make it through the summer to make the team.

  36. NFL In L.A. says: Mar 13, 2012 3:01 PM

    49ers also required the rights to Rae Carruth.

  37. tybrew says: Mar 13, 2012 3:19 PM

    Him and big Ben probably get along great…lots in common

  38. musicman495 says: Mar 13, 2012 3:28 PM

    49ers also required the rights to Rae Carruth.
    No, I hear Rae thinks he 49ers have too many “low character” guys for him to be interested.

  39. 49ersgiants4life says: Mar 13, 2012 3:32 PM

    Carlos Rogers thinks he is 20 something and headed to his prime fact is he’s 30 past his prime and wants top corner money for five years not going to happen

  40. bubba9er says: Mar 13, 2012 3:44 PM

    Its like Moneyball. I have to think Coach at least has an idea of how to judge character. It really is a no-lose situation for both of these guys.

    Either they pan out to be great contributors and the coach/front office are geniuses or they are the ones that gave a couple of troubled guys another shot at doing things the right way and it won’t affect anything beyond that.

  41. upyoursnfu says: Mar 13, 2012 3:45 PM

    Maybe they’ll sign Vince Young next?

  42. mjkelly77 says: Mar 13, 2012 3:45 PM

    Coach Hairbow doesn’t seem to care who’s on the team now. San Fran is becoming more like the Oakland Raiders … the new Bad Boys of the NFL. Too bad the coach is a poosy.

  43. briank1ne says: Mar 13, 2012 5:00 PM

    wow…let the haters keep hating on the niners… i sure aint used to this. must mean we have a good team now!…lol it says he was ” acquitted ” for anyone who doesnt know what that means, ill save you a trip to the encyclopedia britanica. it means “not guilty”.

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