The 49ers decision to sign Perrish Cox today obviously raises an assortment of issues include both on-field and off-field question marks. At this point, if you want to continue discussion the off-the-field issues Cox has dealt with over the last year, please do it in the previous thread. It is an extremely relevant part of the discussion, but I'd like to use that previous thread for character discussion, and this new thread for on-field discussion.
Cox came out of Oklahoma State with all sorts of talent, but dropped in the draft due to the character concerns that are dominating the conversation even today. Cox was a fifth round draft pick in 2010 and played for the Broncos that year before getting released at the end of 2011 training camp. Cox had a poor 40 time in the lead up to the draft, but Dan Kadar of Mocking The Draft described him as playing "much faster than he appears in the 40-yard dash. Cox isn't a huge guy, but he seems to have the solid size to get physical at the line of scrimmage.
The big question for the 49ers free agency process now is whether or not this ends any chance of Carlos Rogers returning. Reports have the 49ers likely to be satisfied with Chris Culliver as a potential starting cornerback in 2012. Given Tarell Brown's performance in 2012, with a strong close to the season, it would seem likely that Brown and Culliver will be the 49ers starting cornerbacks in 2012. If that is the case, Cox would battle with Tramaine Brock for nickel time, with Curtis Holcomb and Cory Nelms also getting plenty of opportunities in camp.
And of course the 49ers still have not released Shawntae Spencer. One has to wonder if the 49ers are waiting to see what kind of cap space they'll have later in free agency before potentially releasing him? If they have the space for now, do they bring him to camp to see what he still has before making a roster decision?