The Vikings did Derek Cox a big favor by letting him go in the first round of cuts. Thanks to the Vikings’ haste in getting rid of Cox, the cornerback has been able to land a spot with the Baltimore Ravens before final cuts flood the market with free agents.
Cox will reportedly be in uniform for the Ravens for their final preseason game.
Cox was obviously not going to make the team with the Vikings, so the Vikes did him a solid by cutting him loose Monday, allowing him to land elsewhere. One assumes that Cox already knew he had the opportunity potentially lined up in Baltimore before he was cut, informed the Vikings of this and was happy to be let go.
At one point in camp it looked like Cox had a decent shot to catch on in Minnesota, but the numbers crunch in the secondary eventually squeezed him. It would have been hard to justify keeping him over a promising young player like Jabari Price or a multi-position player like Marcus Sherels.
Cox gets to move on quickly to a new team where he may make the roster. The Vikings feel like they have enough parts in the secondary without Cox. Everyone is happy.