Chargers, CB Derek Cox agree to 4-year deal

The Chargers get their cornerback.  (Getty Images)
The Chargers get the cornerback they need in Derek Cox. (Getty Images)

The Chargers lost out to the Cardinals for cornerback Jerraud Powers, but they weren't going to let Derek Cox leave the building without reaching a deal. And that's what happened; new general manager Tom Telesco and Cox agreed to terms on a four-year deal, the team announced.

U-T San Diego's Michael Gehlken first reported the news.

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The Jaguars' third-round pick in 2009, Cox was No. 33 on's top 100 free agents and, at 26, his best years are ahead of him. According to, he allowed a QB rating of 44.5, tops at his position, and that includes four interceptions in 2012 (and 12 in his career).

Assuming Cox passes his physical on Thursday, he'll likely be penciled in as the starter opposite Marcus Gilchrist.

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