Where does cornerback Cox figure in 49ers' plan?


Where does cornerback Cox figure in 49ers' plan?

After listing the 49ers' draft "wants" this morning, there were some questions why I chose not to mention one of the team's free-agent pickups.--No mention of Perrish Cox in CB paragraph? Wouldn't he be 4 starter at worse? @hudd07
--Why no mention of CB Perrish Cox in recent articles on defensive analysis and draft wants? @pmensoni
--what happen to Cox isn't he a CB? @CJMackiPerrish Cox was a fifth-round draft pick of the Denver Broncos in 2010. He struggled as a rookie on the field, and nearly destroyed his career off the field, too.The Broncos released him prior to his second NFL season. Cox did not play at all in 2011.The 49ers signed Cox to a two-year contract earlier this month with minimum salaries and no guaranteed money.In other words, the 49ers are giving Cox a chance, but they are not counting on him to be a contributor for the team in 2012.Hey, he might end up realizing his potential and winning a roster spot. But the 49ers are certainly not counting on him to the point that his presence would prevent the team from using a draft pick on somebody at his position.Carlos Rogers and Tarell Brown are the projected starters at cornerback. Chris Culliver looks to be the No. 3 corner. And Tramaine Brock is the clear front-runner, right now, for the job as the No. 4 corner.The onus is on Cox to move up the depth chart. But there are no expectations at this point -- and, really, no reason to factor him into the equation until he proves on the field that he belongs.

Seahawks lose All-Pro S Earl Thomas for season

Seahawks lose All-Pro S Earl Thomas for season

RENTON, Wash. -- The Seattle Seahawks will be without safety Earl Thomas for the rest of the season due to his broken lower left leg, no matter how far the team advances in the playoffs.

Coach Pete Carroll said Monday that further examination determined Thomas' fractured left tibia will require a recovery time that does not allow for the possibility of a return during the 2016 season. Carroll said after Sunday's 40-7 win over Carolina that Thomas' injury usually takes a minimum of six weeks of recovery time.

It's the first major injury of Thomas' career. He played 106 straight games before missing Seattle's loss at Tampa Bay last week with a hamstring injury. He quickly recovered to play against the Panthers, but was hurt in a second-quarter collision with teammate Kam Chancellor going for an interception.

Former 49ers coach Mike Nolan supports Trent Baalke over Chip Kelly

Former 49ers coach Mike Nolan supports Trent Baalke over Chip Kelly

Mike Nolan coached the 49ers for three full seasons before he was fired after Week 7 in his fourth year at the helm.

On Monday morning, he was asked about the situation in Santa Clara and if he would make a change at head coach or general manager.

"It's sad that it's gone to where it is," Nolan said on 95.7 The Game. "They're beginning to look much like when I took the job over in 2005 ... and there really was not a lot of good personnel on the team.

"The difference though that is better and will continue to be better, they will be (in) a much better cap situation going forward than we ever were back then ... but the losing I should say is really killing them.

"The personnel is not as bad as they're playing and that's the thing that really gets under your skin as a coach because you're frustrated by what's going on ... the thing that I have thought most of the season when people were talking about changes as the losses started to mount up, was not to change it. Because I know Trent (Baalke) personally, and Trent does a good job with personnel and that's his primary job.

"But for a lot of strange reasons -- guys retiring, guys quitting a couple years ago, just a lot of weird things that occurred -- their roster has kind of fallen off a little bit, but it is still a much better roster than some of these other teams that are not winning."

After winning their Week 1 game against the Rams, the 49ers have lost a franchise-record 11 straight games.

Chip Kelly is under contract through 2019 and the team owes Jim Tomsula $7 million over the next two years combined.

Baalke's contract runs through 2018.

"It's about players first and I think they have the right guy in place to pick the players but unfortunately for Trent, I think the choice of Tomsula hurt him and currently right now with Chip Kelly it's not helping him either," Nolan added. "They do not have a bad roster.

"Obviously they need a quarterback. They could be a .500 team in my opinion if they get a quarterback as near as next year even ... they got a tough decision to make at the end."