The team started that process Tuesday, throwing in the towel on one of last year's biggest free-agent busts.
Benched several times in favor of fringe roster players, Cox was due $4.25 million as part of a four-year, $20 million contract signed last March. General manager Tom Telesco will end up shelling out $10.25 million in guaranteed money for 11 Cox starts.
It's especially telling that Cox was unceremoniously dumped by a team in dire need of cornerbacks this offseason.
A fine lead blocker with above-average running ability for the position, McClain saw his role diminish under a new coaching staff last season. NFL teams just don't pay millions to niche players limited to 12 percent of the snaps.
Expect Telesco to prioritize speed on both sides of the ball now that he's creating room to operate under the cap.