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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  • Terry O’Brien

    Derek Cox is a must keep. I am sorry to say Paul is right. If the Jaguars turn over half the roster, Derek is in the upper half.

  • vallenii

    I agree, Derek Cox is keeper. Thanks for the memories Rashean Mathis, but he should retire.

    • Jason Love

      I’d keep Mathis for vet minimum as the 4th or 5th guy. Price is right kind of thing.

  • john.D

    Mathis should retire. And go in the ring as home town hero..l would hate to lose cox unless we got milliner…he is a viable replacement…

    • vallenii

      You’re right John, Rashean is a home town hero and deserves to be honored as such. With (hopefully) or without Derek Cox, CB is still a position of need. Who knows, maybe the Jags will select a CB in the first round.

  • Messina

    I completely agree. However, the Jags need to put something in the contract that protects them in the long term due to Cox’s injury history. Maybe give him a 4 year deal with a team option for a 5th year.

  • flgatorsandjags

    If we could sign Sean Smith and draft a CB in the 2nd then I would be fine with parting ways

    • Jason Love

      Won’t sign Smith. He’s gonna cost a ton. Good or not .

  • Jason Love

    Here’s something people aren’t discussing … which DBs on the team can play press at the line? I always saw the CBs way off the line… Maybe someone steps up?

    • LukeNSims

      That is a good question. I think Cox can and Harris probably can’t, but they are probably the two best corners on the roster right now. Maybe Harris can develop more?