It’s no secret that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers need help in their secondary and according to reports, they’re looking to fix that “out of the chute” when Free Agency officially opens on Tuesday. The Buccaneers have been linked to every cornerback from Sean Smith to Darrelle Revis but according to Roy Cummings of the Tampa Times, ex-Jaguars cornerback Derek Cox may be the first cornerback signed by the Bucs on Tuesday.
Bucs are continuing their pursuit of FA CB Derek Cox. He’s someone Bucs could sign out of the chute on Tuesday
— Roy Cummings (@RCummingsTBO) March 11, 2013
Cox isn’t the sexiest name on the market and he’s far from being a special player but he is a lot better than anything the Buccaneers have as of right now. Aqib Talib was traded for a mid-round pick last year and Eric Wright, the Bucs big free agent from last year, is expected to be cut before training camp begins later this year.
Wright and Talib were supposed to anchor a young and talented secondary in Tampa but that plan failed miserably and the Bucs are back to square one this year in free agency. Cox is going on 27 years old, but the Buccaneers had the league’s worst pass defense in 2012 and they’re not in a position to get choosy when it comes to filling the gaping holes all over their secondary.