Often burned, often benched Derek Cox was cut by the Chargers today. To say that Cox, who signed a four year $20 million contract as Tom Telesco’s first free-agent acquisition just a year ago was a disappointment, would be an understatement.
Released by a team anorexically thin in the secondary says a ton. Not to mention, so does being benched in favor of the likes of Crezdon Butler, Marcus Cromartie and Richard Marshall. This speaks volumes to his performance in 2013.
Combining this move by Telesco with the releases of Le’Ron McClain and Johnny Patrick frees up another $4.15 million in cap space. This, to me, also implies Telesco already has a plan given how thin the Bolts are at corner.
A couple of intriguing potential free agents to think about are Alterraun Verner of the Tennessee Titans, Vontae Davis of the Indianapolis Colts (obvious tie to Telesco) and Sam Shields of the Green Bay Packers. Unfortunately, Brent Grimes Is staying in Miami.
It will be interesting to see how free agency unfolds this year coming before the draft.
Going into the 2014 offseason it’s clear that the Chargers have some work to do at the cornerback position. Whether they address that need during free agency or the draft is the question. It wouldn’t be out of the question for them to add cornerbacks via both of those avenues.
For the sake of this poll, we’ll focus on the free agency piece. This is a good year to be in the market for a cornerback. There are some solid names that will be available to the highest bidders. Players like Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie from the Denver Broncos and Tennessee’s Alterraun Verner are intriguing names while the class may be highlighted by the likes of former Dolphin Brent Grimes or ex-Patriot Aquib Talib. Former Packer Sam Shields is a player that I would love to see in lightning bolts. Free agent cornerback Vontae Davis was brought over to the Colts from the Dolphins in a move that occurred while Tom Telesco was still in Indianapolis; the familiarity is there and perhaps he would be another option.
As mentioned above, the need at the position is there for the Bolts. Although I am really high on 2013 5th round pick Steve Williams and I look forward to seeing him healthy in regular season action, it might be worth adding multiple corners to the roster. It is still too early to know which corners from last year will still be on the team. Thus, we aren’t quite sure how many vacancies there will be at the cornerback spot.
Below is a poll with some of the top names available in free agency at cornerback. Most of you know the drill. Place your vote and then leave your comment supporting why you voted who you voted for in this post. Thanks in advance for reading and voting!