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November 8, 2012; Jacksonville FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Derek Cox (21) prior to the game against the Indianapolis Colts at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Is Jaguars CB Derek Cox A Must Keep?

In the past I have written in favor of moving past oft-injured players in order to facilitate the transition to a stronger team overall.  As much as I love Aaron Kampman and Rashean Mathis, those two were on that list back when I wrote it.  This offseason I’m not so certain I would put Derek Cox on the list of Jacksonville Jaguars players the team should move away from, but he is definitely in the discussion.

Cox has missed 10 of the last 32 games, forcing the Jaguars to find replacements like David Jones, William Middleton, and Aaron Ross.  While he is a gifted athlete, and excellent position player, he simply is not on the field with high frequency.  So, do the Jags keep him?  ESPN’s Paul Kuharsky’s “Eight in the Box” column advocates for him, saying:

When he plays, he’s quite good. The problem is he gets hurt a lot, and the team has consistently needed to find alternatives to him because he has been unavailable. It’s hard to gauge his value, but let him leave and the talent pool at corner is awfully thin for Gus Bradley’s first defense in Jacksonville.

It would be tough for the Jags to move past Cox with no viable replacement at this time, but is that worth a bigger contract over the next couple of seasons?  What about the franchise tag?

I would love to see Cox play another full 16 game season like he did his rookie year.  It would go a long way to helping the Jaguars and it would go a long way toward helping himself.

– Luke N. Sims

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