Morning links: New start for Derek Cox

ESPN Vikings beat reporter Ben Goessling reports that after a disappointing season in San Diego, which led to his release, cornerback Derek Cox will get a new start in Minnesota, signing a one-year deal with the team.

Cox will have to compete for a job, as Minnesota has eight cornerbacks on the roster, including the signing of Carolina Panthers free agent Captain Munnerlyn on Thursday. But perhaps new surroundings will help revive Cox's career.

Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Chargers free agent defensive tackle Cam Thomas will visit the Steelers on Friday.

I talked with Coach John Kentera and Billy Ray Smith of the Mighty 1090 about how the Chargers handled the first week of free agency in this audio link.

Ricky Henne of Chargers.com writes that San Diego is eager to form a three-headed monster at the running back position with the addition of Donald Brown.

Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego writes that Cincinnati Bengals free agent cornerback Brandon Ghee hopes to revive his career with the Chargers.

NFL draft researcher Tony Villiotti writing for the National Football Post ranks the Chargers as the most efficient team in the league in drafting players over the last decade.