One of the more surprising cuts that the Minnesota Vikings made to get down to 75 players was cornerback Derek Cox. Many thought Cox had a good chance at making the final 53-man roster; he was among the highest rated corners on the Vikings this preseason according to Mike Zimmer's favorite site, Pro Football Focus. So it was rather surprising to see him not even survive the first round of cuts in Minnesota.
But as they old saying goes, one man's trash is another man's treasure. The Baltimore Ravens are hoping they found a bit of treasure on Wednesday.
Aaron Wilson (aka @RavensInsider) confirmed that the Ravens signed Cox to a one-year deal and they plan to have him take the field for Baltimore's final preseason game against the New Orleans Saints on Thursday:
Derek Cox visited the Ravens yesterday and signs his contract today and will play against the Saints, according to a source— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) August 27, 2014
Ravens are putting Derek Cox through a crash course on their defensive playbook to get him ready— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) August 27, 2014
Baltimore is already the fourth NFL stop for Cox, who was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the third round of the 2009 draft. After four seasons with the Jags, Cox signed a four-year deal with the San Diego Chargers in 2013 only to be released at the end of the season due to inconsistent play. The Vikings signed Cox in March of this year before releasing him earlier in the week.
Cox is obviously talented enough to make an NFL roster; hopefully he'll be able to find a spot in Baltimore.