Cox signed a six-year, $103 million extension with the Eagles on Monday, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reports. The deal includes over $63 million in guaranteed money, making it highest guarantee for a non-quarterback in NFL history. Only 25, Cox attended his first Pro Bowl last season after recording 71 tackles, 9.5 sacks, and three forced fumbles in 2015. The defensive tackle hasn't missed a game in the last three seasons and will look to be a cornerstone of the Eagles' defense in 2016, led by new coordinator Jim Schwartz.
Cox is with the Eagles for the start of the team's mandatory minicamp on Monday, Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Cox missed the first two weeks of voluntary workouts, as well as the Eagles' pre-draft minicamp, in hopes of securing a new, long-term contract. He's yet to get the deal he's looking for, but Cox is with the team for minicamp and isn't expected to miss any time despite the ongoing disagreement. Cox had a very impressive 2015-16 campaign, notching 71 tackles and 9.5 sacks. He also hasn't missed a game over the last three seasons, so he should be in line to see a pay raise in the near future.
Cox is not expected to attend the Eagles' minicamp this week, The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Cox already missed the Eagles' first two weeks of voluntary workouts, and is now likely to skip minicamp as he continues to angle for a new contract. Although the Eagles picked up his fifth-year option for $7.8 million last year, Cox's play could earn him an extension worth up to nine figures, so Cox is likely to remain away from the team while his representatives handle negotiations. One of the league's premier defensive linemen at just 25 years old, Cox totaled a career-best 71 tackles and 9.5 sacks while forcing three fumbles as well last season.
Eagle defensive end Fletcher Cox had his biggest game of the season, picking up three sacks, two forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery in Sunday's 39-17 win over the Saints. Cox has long been adored by coaches and media types, but his stat sheet explosion against Drew Brees and the Saints could put him on the national radar for good. He dominated a depleted New Orleans offensive line, and has looked stronger with each week after a mediocre Week 1. He's an IDP with strong upside to keep an eye on. As the Eagles' offense improves, the defense will see less extended time on the field, which means fewer drives like they one they allowed against Washington in Week 4 and more opportunities for Cox to burst through offensive lines.
The Eagles have reportedly exercised their fifth-year team option on defensive tackle Fletcher Cox, according to NFL Network. Cox is entering his four season in Philadelphia, where he has missed just one game his career. Cox has totaled 109 tackles and 12 1/2 sacks in his three seasons with the club.
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