The 49ers will be bringing back reserve cornerback Perrish Cox to add to competition for playing time for the coming season.
San Francisco released former starter Carlos Rogers to clear $6.6 million in cap space and allowed Tarell Brown to sign a one-year deal with the Oakland Raiders. It comes as little surprise the team brought back Cox to add depth to the group. Tramaine Brock and Chris Culliver are the likely starters while the nickel job is shaping up to be one of the most competitive battles of training camp.
The team brought back corner Eric Wright on a one-year deal while also bringing in former Viking Chris Cook on a one-year agreement. Cox will battle those two and likely an early-round draft pick for playing time in what's becoming a deep group in the secondary.
The 49ers have six picks in the first 100 after it was announced Monday they received a compensatory third-round pick (No. 100 overall) for the loss of free-agent safety Dashon Goldson prior to last season.
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After Rogers sustained a hamstring strain in the regular season finale in Arizona, Cox stepped in to play 63 of 64 snaps in the Divisional Round playoff win over the Green Bay Packers, allowing just one catch in coverage according to Pro Football Focus. Cox beat out Wright for playing time by having a better week of practice defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said the following week.
Rogers returned from his injury in the NFC Championship Game and was in tight coverage on the decisive 35-yard touchdown pass to Jermaine Kearse on a 4th-and-7 at the start of final quarter. He remains a free agent.
As of now, the 49ers' group of corners includes Brock, Culliver, Wright, Cox, Cook, Darryl Morris and Dax Swanson.
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