Just because you win a criminal court case doesn't mean the issue is dead. New 49ers cornerback Perrish Cox, who in March was acquitted of two felony charges of sexual assault, is now facing a civil suit related to the same 2010 encounter, according to Courthouse News Service. Both he and former teammate Demaryius Thomas, a receiver for the Broncos, are named in the suit.
The 49ers signed Cox, 25, to a two-year deal soon after he had been acquitted of the criminal charges, and he thanked the 49ers for researching his background and not being scared off by the charges. "That's not me," Cox said at the time. "I'm not that type of guy. ... It was a nervous, scary situation. But I don't blame anybody but myself. I take responsibility for my actions. I'll never put myself in that situation again."
The 49ers believe that as well. "As an organization, from ownership on down, we have done our due diligence and are confident that Perrish will be a positive contributor to the 49ers, as well as our community," general manager Trent Baalke said in a statement at the time.
The 49ers did not take a cornerback in last month's draft. Last year, the team kept five cornerbacks on the active roster. Four of them - Carlos Rogers, Tarell Brown, Chris Culliver and Tramaine Brock - are back while Shawntae Spencer is now with the Raiders. Cox and a host of other young prospects are competing for Spencer's former spot.
Among the challengers are 2011 seventh-round pick Curtis Holcomb, who missed last season with a ruptured Achilles, and 2011 practice squadder Cory Nelms, who may be moved to safety. The team also signed rookies Anthony Mosley (Kentucky) and Deante' Purvis (UNLV) earlier this week.
Undrafted free agent Joe Holland (Purdue) will wear No. 51, suggesting he'll play inside linebacker and not safety, the position he played early on with the Boilermakers. Holland is 6-1, 229 pounds.
Running back Jewel Hampton will wear no. 33 and wide receiver Chris Owusu will wear ... wait for it, wait for it ... No. 81, which he wore at Stanford. That can't be good.
-- Matt Barrows