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Perrish Cox changes agents in contract year

Perrish Cox, one of the San Francisco 49ers prominent free agents this coming offseason, has signed with a new agent. We take a look at what this could mean.

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San Francisco 49ers cornerback Perrish Cox has switched agents, according to Rand Getlin of Yahoo! Sports. Getlin is reporting Cox has signed with David Mulugheta of Athletes First. He was previously with Jordan Woy of Willis & Woy Sports Group.

Cox signed a one year deal prior to this season, and the team has gotten what many would argue is Pro Bowl quality play. Cox got his shot because of injuries to Tramaine Brock. Entering the season, I honestly thought Cox was on the roster bubble, and Vic Fangio admitted as much a couple weeks ago. During his weekly press conference, Fangio said,

"Perrish Cox has been a great story this year. I remember calling him into camp prior to the start of camp and talking to him and telling him what he needed to do to make this team, because at that point there was no guarantee he was going to make this team. And I figured I'd have to call him in in another couple weeks to remind him because he might slack off, but I never did. Never did have to. He did exactly what I told him he had to do. He had laser focus and got it done. And when camp was over and he made the team, I brought him in and I congratulated him for doing exactly what he had to do. There you go, the first game, the first 15 plays, he's out there and hasn't come out since. He's done a tremendous job for us and really happy for him as an individual."

Fangio said Cox's history indicated a potential to slack off. And clearly that was some kind of issue in the past. The 49ers released him during the middle of last season when they activated Eric Wright off the NFI list. They eventually brought Cox back when Carlos Rogers hurt his ribs, and then signed Cox to a one-year deal this past offseason.

As the team looks ahead to the coming offseason, Cox and Chris Culliver are both free agents. If you're a fan of Pro Football Focus grading, it is worth noting Cox has graded out negatively overall and in pass coverage each of the last four weeks. I don't think he's been overly bad per se, but he has quieted down a bit after a strong start. Here is a look at his grades from PFF:

On the other hand, Chris Culliver has quietly put together a solid run of games. Here is a look at Cully's PFF grades lately:

I am not entirely sure what the 49ers plan is for extending either cornerback, or what either expects if they hit the open market. I don't see the 49ers spending a lot of money for either, particularly if secondary coach Ed Donatell is around next season. He has proven to be a strong coach for this team, and the team could decide to roll with Dontae Johnson and Tramaine Brock on the outside, and Jimmie Ward at the nickel spot. They have some options, and thus some decisions to make.