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March 25, 2014
Nickel options: 49ers sign Perrish Cox to a one-year deal

The 49ers have struck a one-year deal with cornerback Perrish Cox, giving them another option at the critical nickel cornerback position in 2014. Cox played that role during the team's most recent playoff run when Carlos Rogers, who has manned that spot for the last three seasons, was out with a hamstring strain.

Rogers was released this month and is not expected to return. Eric Wright also has played the nickel spot in the past, and either Tramaine Brock or Chris Culliver - the expected starters at cornerback - could slide inside to the nickel spot on passing downs as well. In addition, the 49ers have six picks in the first three rounds of the May draft, and they are expected to use at least one of them on a cornerback.

"I think that will unfold during the offseason exactly what we're going to do there," general manager Trent Baalke said today.

Cox was due to become a restricted free agent this offseason. The 49ers, however, did not tender him and he became an unrestricted free agent. The other cornerbacks on the roster include Darryl Morris and Dax Swanson, both of whom were undrafted rookies last year.

-- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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