Even though the Cleveland Browns watched cornerback Buster Skrine sign with the New York Jets on a 4-year, $25 million deal on Tuesday, that doesn't mean they are entirely convinced they can hand a starting job over to Justin Gilbert just yet. According to reports, the Browns are showing an interest in at least two free agent cornerbacks still on the market: Perrish Cox of the San Francisco 49ers and Brandon Browner of the New England Patriots.
Brandon Browner is in New Orleans for a visit. Washington, Baltimore, Cleveland, Jacksonville also interested.— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) March 11, 2015
Cox was a 5th round pick by the Denver Broncos in 2010. He started 9 games as a rookie, but was cut heading into the 2011 season. The 49ers picked him up, using him as a backup for three years before making him a starter in 2014. Cox performed quite well, starting 14 games and recording 53 tackles, 17 passes defended, and 5 interceptions. Pro Football Focus graded him higher than Skrine, saying that he is a, "versatile corner who can play outside or in -- he won’t be your stud defensive back but if you have to start him you won’t feel a big play is inevitable."
The Patriots didn't pick up the option on Browner's contract yesterday, so he is now a free agent. Pro Football Focus has him rated nearly identical to Cox, saying, "He’s physical, nobody is denying that. But he is limited and is a yellow flag drawing machine."