One of the first priorities for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after the 2012 regular season was for the team to shore up a dismal secondary. Opposing teams threw at will against the Buccaneers secondary and it appears that Tampa might be targeting one corner on the free agent market starting tomorrow at 4 p.m. at the opening of the NFL Free Agency period.
Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune suggests that the Buccaneers might make a strong push for Jacksonville Jaguars corner Derek Cox as soon as the free agency period opens tomorrow afternoon. Cummings tweets, “Bucs continuing their pursuit of FA CB Derek Cox. H’s someone Bucs could sign out of the chute on Tuesday.”
Cox might not be the sexiest of names available on the free agent market, but the Buccaneers allowed nearly 300 yards through the air per game in 2012 and need some experienced help. Cox appeared in 12 games for the Jaguars last season and recorded four interceptions. In his four-year career, Cox has logged 203 total tackles and 12 interceptions. Tampa is likely to address the secondary in next month’s NFL Draft, but they need some experience on the roster as they could ill-afford to enter 2013 while starting two rookie corners.
Cox comes in a 6-foot-one, 195 pounds.