Cox promises 'from here on out, I'll show it'

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Cox promises 'from here on out, I'll show it'

The 49ers signed cornerback Perrish Cox to a two-year contract on Tuesday, just hours before the start of the free-agent signing period.Cox sat out last season after the Denver Broncos released him at the end of training camp, so he was free to sign with any team at any time.On March 2, Cox was acquitted of sexual assault charges in Colorado. Cox was accused of sexually assaulting a woman at his apartment in September 2010 after a night of partying, according to an Associated Press report. She became pregnant, and prosecutors said DNA tests indicated Cox was the father.

Cox's attorney had disputed the DNA test results and suggested they may have been contaminated. Cox denied having sex with the woman, who testified that she believed she was drugged because she remembers little about what happened.RELATED: Perrish Cox career stats Perrish Cox newsCox started nine games with the Denver Broncos in 2010 as a rookie from Oklahoma State. He also returned nine kickoffs (19.1-yard average) and three punts (2.3 average).Among the 49ers' scheduled free agents are cornerback Carlos Rogers and return man Ted Ginn. The 49ers have also given permission to veteran cornerback Shawntae Spencer to seek a trade, league sources have told CSNBayArea.com.
Cox took part in a conference call with media members Tuesday after he signed the contract:General manager Trent Baalke said the organization is confident that you "will be a positive contributor to the 49ers as well as our community." What kind of assurances have you given the team that you can live up to that?
Cox: "First off, I want to thank everybody for giving me the chance to actually express myself them and go out and have dinner with the owner and the GM so they could figure out what kind of guy I am. I've worked hard through this whole process. Like I was telling them, whatever happened, happened, and I took full responsibility for my actions. But it will never happen again -- ever again. I'm a positive guy, and if I can help in any way, I want to be there to help."RELATED: An updated look at 49ers' free-agent needs
Have you made lifestyle changes? What have you done to try to make sure that doesn't happen again?
Cox: "First off, I never want to be in a position I was in before ever again. That's not me. I'm not that type of guy. To prove that, I'll show the community and the coaches and the team what type of guy I am and can be. From here on out, I'll show it."What did you do during the season last year?
Cox: "I went back home (Waco, Texas) to my family, spent time with my kids, my mother and father, sisters. The whole time I was there, I just spent a lot of time with them. Also, I've been working out the whole time. That has helped get along with the whole process of what's been going on. Like I said, I've just been working hard and trying to keep myself in better shape so when I got the opportunity again. I thank them for the chance. It's time for me to prove it."Have the 49ers talked to you about what they see as your role?
Cox: "Not as of now, but whatever role I need to be in, I'll take full pride in it and give it my whole for the whole organization."Are you a starting cornerback in the NFL?
Cox: "If I am, it'll be proven. But if not, I'll take the backup role, also. I'm here to prove whatever I can prove. Whatever I'm asked to do, I'm here to do it."Can you play in the slot?
Cox: "I could. Yes, sir."Did you ever wonder if you'd get another chance in the NFL? Did it ever occur to you during your year off that it might be it for you?
Cox: "It's always been in the back of my mind that I'd want to be an NFL player again. But going through process, I was trying to focus on the things I could focus on and trying to help out with that. But it was never a doubt. I always tried to worked out and better myself for what the chance came. And, like I said, finally the chance came and I appreciate that."Where is home for you?
Cox: "Waco, Texas. I was actually at home training with my father. He's a trainer."When you're home in Waco, was there anyone from the NFL you worked out with?
Cox: "Yes, Champ Bailey was a guy who was helping me through everything, as far as talking. But as far as playing the game again, I was actually just training with a couple high-schoolers back home in my hometown -- a couple players who would come work out with me. But through the whole process, I just worked out with my father."What does it say that Ed Donatell would want to coach you again? (Donatell coached defensive backs with the Broncos, and now they will be reunited with the 49ers.)
Cox: "We had a great relationship when I was with the Broncos. He always had faith in me. We just had a great relationship during the whole process. He's helped me out. He's taught me everything while I was with the Broncos. And I gained the trust that he needed from me. Hopefully, that can start up again."You were acquitted in the sexual assault case, do you come out bitter, humbled, what kind of mindset?
Cox: "Humbled. It was a nervous and scary situation for me. But like I said, I don't blame nobody but myself. I take full responsibility for my actions. I'll never put myself in that position again. But I just want everybody involved with it to go on with their lives and make anything positive out of it. It's my whole goal about my whole situation."What did you feel you did wrong in that whole situation?
Cox: "I just shouldn't been in that whole zone. Whatever happened that day, night, whatever happened, it shouldn't have happened. I should've been smarter to not even put myself in that position. That's just my goal from here on out, never put myself in that type of position again."Have 49ers talked to you about a support you'll have inside the organization you'll have?
Cox: "I will. I would want to talk to any rookie who came in, any first-year player, second-year player, whoever needed help about a situation like that. I wouldn't mind taking my time out to help anybody."Did you watch many of the 49ers game last year?
Cox: "I did. I had a couple teammates. Kendall Hunter, I played with him in college, so I have to keep up with him. And the rest of it, the NFC championship game, I kept up with everything. But it was kind of tough for me to watch football and not playing the game of football. But I caught what I can. "

49ers extend one-year qualifying offers to Purcell, Bradford

49ers extend one-year qualifying offers to Purcell, Bradford

The 49ers on Monday extended one-year qualifying offers to nose tackle Mike Purcell and linebacker Carl Bradford as exclusive-rights free agents.

Purcell appeared in 15 games last season. He started the first five games of the season at nose tackle and was a reserve for the remainder of the season. Originally signed in 2013 as an undrafted rookie from Wyoming, Purcell has appeared in 25 games over the past three seasons.

The 49ers claimed Bradford off waivers in December from the Green Bay Packers. He appeared in the final two games of the season with the 49ers and was credited with two tackles.

Bradford entered the NFL out of Arizona State as a fourth-round pick of the Packers in 2014. After being inactive for every game as a rookie, Bradford was among Green Bay’s final cuts in 2015. He spent the season on the practice squad.

He appeared in four games for the Packers last year. The 49ers claimed him after he was waived in December.

Exclusive rights free agents are player who have fewer than three years of NFL service who have no outside negotiating power if a team extends a qualifying offer.

Mailbag: Which 49ers vets are on shaky ground?

Mailbag: Which 49ers vets are on shaky ground?

The 49ers’ new regime heads to the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis this week with the first major wave of offseason activity set to kick off.

Already, the 49ers have made roster improvements. And there figure to be plenty of activity ahead in the coming weeks.

Here are some questions submitted by readers on Facebook for this edition of 49ers Mailbag:

Do you see the 49ers cutting ties with larger contracts like Bethea, Torrey Smith and Ahmad Brooks?‬ (Blair Wilkins)
The 49ers have approximately $75 million in space under the salary cap – and that’s before any adjustment of Colin Kaepernick’s contract. So it’s not as if the organization needs to create cap room.

Any decision made to part ways with veteran players will be made solely on how that player fits into what the 49ers envision on the field.

And that’s what general manager John Lynch, coach Kyle Shanahan and his staff are doing now. They are studying the video from last season to determine which players fit their ideals.

Safety Antoine Bethea is scheduled to earn $5.75 million. Bethea, 32, enters the final year of his contract. There is no question he is everything the 49ers want in a player off the field. If one of the younger guys is not better than Bethea, there is no reason to get rid of him.

Brooks is on the books to earn $5.3 million in 2017. That’s not a huge amount for a starting outside linebacker or defensive end – whichever spot he might fit best. The 49ers must look to upgrade their pass rush. Brooks turns 33 next month. He’s good for six sacks a season. Again, it’s not as if the 49ers can’t afford him. And, as of now, it’s not as if the 49ers have anyone better.

Smith is scheduled to earn $8 million. He has been vastly underutilized in his two seasons since signing with the 49ers. He’s the most interesting case of the high-priced veterans.

Kyle Shanahan’s offense is predicated on using the running game to set up the play-action shot down the field. Smith is limited. He’s not a possession receiver. He’s not going to make plays over the middle. He is an outside receiver whose contributions come in the vertical passing game. But that’s what Shanahan wants.

If Smith is paired with a strong tight end, a running back who catch the ball out of the backfield, a slot receiver with short-area quickness to get open underneath, a very good receiver on the other side and an accurate quarterback who can throw the deep ball, there should be a role for Smith in the 49ers’ offense.

Will the 49ers continue to be aggressive pursuing free agents this offseason? If so, what positions?‬ (Bradley Lodge)
The 49ers have zeroed in on two veteran free agents and they signed them both.

The organization has already spent more money than it did all of last offseason on veteran free agency with the four-year, $16 million deal to sign defensive tackle Earl Mitchell, whom the Miami Dolphins recently released.

Nickel back K’Waun Williams has a history with 49ers defensive backs coach Jeff Hafley. The 49ers did not have to make much of a financial investment to sign him.

The 49ers will definitely go after a veteran quarterback or two in free agency or via trade. Pass rusher, inside linebacker and wide receiver are other positions the 49ers can be expected to look during free agency.

The opening of the new league year – when free-agent signings and trades can occur – is March 9. The draft is seven weeks later.

The 49ers must fill as many of their needs with smart deals that fit into the long-term plan with veteran acquisitions. Then, the draft is about taking the best players on their board when it’s time to select. Teams that reach for need generally strike out.

What are the chances of drafting a QB with first pick and playing them behind a Kap / Cousins until they're ready to become starter?‬ (Hillory Broussard)
If Colin Kaepernick returns, it will not be as a no-questions-asked starter. Just read what Lynch said on KNBR this week about the team’s needs:

“Do we have some places – probably the ultimate position, quarterback – where we need to improve? Absolutely. And we’re committed to doing that.”

That statement can easily be interpreted that Lynch does not believe the 49ers had a starting-caliber quarterback on the roster last season.

But if the 49ers were to go out and swing a trade for Kirk Cousins or Jimmy Garoppolo, it’s going to take a big commitment – in terms of draft picks and a suitable new contract. Then, the 49ers would have that player.

Cousins or Garoppolo would unquestionably fill the 49ers’ need at quarterback for 2017 and beyond -- at least in the minds of the 49ers' new decision-makers. There would be no reason for the 49ers to then draft a quarterback with the No. 2 overall pick – if the 49ers even had the No. 2 overall pick at that point.