Chris Culliver

Source: 49ers unlikely to re-sign Perrish Cox

The NFL new year kicks off at 1 pm Tuesday, and while the future of the 49ers’ defensive backs corps looks uncertain, it appears Perrish Cox is not part of their plans.

Jim Harbaugh shades with Perrish CoxAccording to a source close to Cox, the cornerback said he believes the 49ers aren’t interested in paying what it takes to retain his services in 2015.

Cox, a five-year veteran, has spent time on the Broncos, 49ers and Seahawks. In his first season with the 49ers in 2012, Cox appeared in 16 games, collecting 20 tackles and no interceptions. After spending time on both the 49ers and Seahawks in 2013, he re-signed with the 49ers in 2014 and enjoyed a breakout season. Cox was responsible for 53 tackles and five interceptions.

He looked to be headed toward his first Pro Bowl appearance throughout the first half of the season, when he stepped in at left cornerback and played extremely well in place of Tramaine Brock. He appeared to regress as the year went on, posting negative scores according to Pro Football Focus in five of his last seven games.

San Francisco’s cap issues are well alleviated by the retirement of Patrick Willis, and whether that will impact their decision on Cox is yet to be seen. Chris Culliver is another priority in the defensive backfield that they will need to juggle moving forward.

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