Cox's return to 49ers is 'perfect timing'

Cox's return to 49ers is 'perfect timing'
December 30, 2013, 1:30 pm
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Perrish Cox was told Friday that the 49ers planned to sign him and may step into a prominent role immediately with the injury to Carlos Rogers. (USATSI)

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SANTA CLARA – Cornerback Perrish Cox made three trips to Seattle since the 49ers waived him on Nov. 12.

Cox was an insurance policy for the Seahawks with cornerbacks Brandon Browner and Walter Thurmond facing suspensions. He signed a contract with Seattle on Nov. 27, only to be released a day later.

The Seahawks re-signed him Dec. 11, and he played in two games before Thurmond returned last week from a four-game suspension for violating the league’s policy on substance.

Now, Cox is back with the 49ers heading into the playoff opener Sunday at the Green Bay Packers.

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“Perfect timing,” Cox said on Monday. “This is home.”

Cox has been a shuttle between Texas and Seattle, where he made three separate trips since the 49ers released him. The 49ers cut Cox when veteran cornerback Eric Wright was activated from the non-football illness list.

“I’ve been on this roller-coaster ride for the longest time, up and down, back and forth to Seattle,” Cox said.

It has not been all bad, though. Cox proudly showed pictures of his “beautiful princess,” Carter Jade Cox, who was born on Nov. 29. After being released by the Seahawks on Friday, he returned to Texas on Saturday to visit his daughter. He repacked and traveled to the Bay Area on Sunday.

[RELATED: Rogers leaves game vs. Arizona with hamstring strain]

The 49ers told Cox on Friday they planned to sign him to take the roster spot that opened with Mario Manningham going on injured reserve. And it turns out he might also fill an immediate need. Carlos Rogers sustained a hamstring strain on Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals. Cox could be needed as a backup nickel back against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers.