Patriots Release Derek Cox

The Patriots’ spree of cutting ties with cornerbacks continued Saturday, with the team parting ways with veteran Derek Cox, according to Mike Petraglia of

A starter in 56 of the 63 regular-season games in which he’s played, Cox signed with New England in June after the Ravens cut him in Sept. 2014. Cox has sufficient service time to avoid waivers.

The third-round pick out of William & Mary by the Jaguars in 2009 has experienced an inconsistent career, with his only positive overall review from Pro Football Focus (subscription required) coming in 2011 in Jacksonville. Cox’s fortunes have taken a turn for the worse since signing a four-year, $20MM deal with the Chargers in 2013. He started 11 games for the Bolts that year before being released after playing just one season with the team.

Cox spent parts of 2014 with the Vikings and Ravens without accruing any game action.

New England did reach an agreement with Tarell Brown last week but remains thin on the flanks after losing Darrelle Revis, Brandon Browner, Kyle Arrington and Alfonzo Dennard this offseason. Logan Ryan, Bradley Fletcher, Robert McClain and Malcolm Butler and possibly Brown figure to be in the running for the Pats’ top corner spots.


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