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Seahawks sign Perrish Cox to help fill cornerback void

By Brady Henderson

The Seahawks have signed free agent Perrish Cox to help fill their sudden need for cornerbacks.

Seattle announced the move Tuesday afternoon, shortly after Walter Thurmond’s suspension became official. Thurmond will miss Seattle’s next four games while Brandon Browner is reportedly facing a one-year ban, each player having allegedly violated the league’s substance-abuse policy.

Cox, 26, was a fifth-round pick by the Broncos in 2010 and started nine games as a rookie. He spent the last two seasons as a backup with the 49ers, who released him earlier this month.

Thurmond will be eligible to return for Seattle’s regular-season finale and the postseason.

Coach Pete Carroll said Monday that Antoine Winfield is an option, and the team has reportedly been in contact with the 36-year-old free agent. Seattle reportedly worked out longtime Seahawk Marcus Trufant on Monday, while Tharold Simon and DeShawn Shead are the team’s in-house options.