Free agent cornerback Torrie Cox re-signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Monday.

Cox, 25, was scheduled to become a restricted free agent earlier in the offseason, but the Bucs opted not to tender him a contract.

Although Tampa Bay never commented publicly on its decision not to tender Cox a contract, the fact that he was arrested twice in a span of night months for driving under the influence likely played a part in that decision.

The 2005 season was a tough one for Cox, who entered the NFL in 2003 as a sixth-round pick out of Pittsburgh. He lost the battle for Tampa Bay’s nickel cornerback job to Juran Bolden in training camp.

He briefly handled kickoff return duties for Tampa Bay, but was benched after he averaged just 19.3 yards per return and mishandled several kickoffs.

While he struggled as a cornerback and kickoff returner, Cox found a niche as a special teams cover man, finishing the 2005 regular season ranked third on the team with 19 tackles. He also forced a fumble on special teams.


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