Perrish Cox: Ex-Denver Bronco Acquitted, Should the Broncos Take Him Back?

Jason Muckley@@jamuckleySenior Analyst IIMarch 2, 2012

DENVER - AUGUST 29:  Cornerback Perrish Cox #32 of the Denver Broncos returns a kick off against the Pittsburgh Steelers during preseason NFL action at INVESCO Field at Mile High on August 29, 2010 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Multiple news outlets have released reports of Perrish Cox's recent acquittal on the charges of sexual assault. Cox's arrest during his rookie year with the Denver Broncos was a significant reason why he was released from the team last offseason.

As a rookie out of Oklahoma State University, Cox put up impressive numbers in 2010. Playing in all but one game his rookie season, he had 58 total tackles (57 solo), two forced fumbles and one interception.

Typical of most rookies, his season was inconsistent and up and down. He showed great promise on the field despite his lack of judgment off it.

As far as the trial was concerned, Cox held that he never raped his accuser.

In a videotaped conversation between him and Steve Hipp, a police department detective in Lone Tree, he was quoted as saying, "I never raped nobody. I'm losing it because, seriously, I never touched this girl." 

He goes on to say, "I'm going to jail? You're kidding me. What am I supposed to do? I didn't."

While no one wins in a case like this, Cox had the most at stake since he faced two years to life in prison if convicted.

Besides finding DNA in the fetal tissue, there remained little direct evidence to link Cox with the crime.

No one witnessed the alleged attack. The alleged victim did not have a rape kit procedure performed at a hospital. No tests were performed to confirm her suspicions that she was drugged that night. And finally, she had no recollection of what happened.

Fellow teammates Demaryius Thomas and Cassius Vaughn, Cox's roommate, were called to testify during the proceedings and their own admissions were less than flattering.

Thomas testified that "the woman wasn't all that drunk and had 'fallen asleep' after the two watched television after they kissed on an inflatable bed in the living room." He had previously said that he had "fooled around" with her that night.

The testimonies against their former teammate were brutal, and if the Broncos were to bring him back, there may be some existing riffs to deal with.

When asked about the situation with Cox, the Denver Broncos did not comment, as he is no longer with the organization.

So what are the chances that the Denver Broncos re-sign Cox after his recent acquittal?

Help at cornerback is definitely a big need for the Broncos right now, but Cox hasn't played a snap in over a year. He competed in preseason and looked good, but how does he look now?

The price tag might be discounted in light of recent events (despite his acquittal).

In my opinion, the Denver Broncos should take a shot and roll the dice on him. I think they owe that much since he was found not guilty after being cut by the team. Whether he is ready to physically and emotionally play again in the NFL is another question that will need to be decided.