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Derek Cox Signed: What It Means

Kid Dynamite makes his first big free agent signing as GM of the San Diego Chargers inking CB Derek Cox to a four year deal.

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Earlier today we learned that Jerraud Powers, formerly of the Indianapolis Colts, had decided to sign with the Arizona Cardinals despite having a visit to San Diego scheduled for tomorrow. It would seem Tom Telesco wasn't interested in seeing that happen with 26-year-old Jacksonvile Jaguars free agent cornerback Derek Cox.

The San Diego Chargers signed the corner to a four-year deal worth $20 million. The signing bonus is for $5.2 million and there are $5.05 million dollars additionally guaranteed. It had been reported by numerous outlets that Cox and Powers were among those being targeted by the Chargers and it's impossible to ignore the fact that they lost out on Powers when examining how a three-year offer became a four-year offer.

Cox has suffered hamstring issues during his career, but when healthy is a very talented player that is experienced, has good size for the position and is strong as a zone defender.

It's also worth noting that this deal almost certainly would have been enough to re-sign Antoine Cason had it been offered to him, so it will be worth watching and comparing the two players over the life of this deal.