Eagles Mailbag: Cox’s Contract, Starting Corners

Fletcher Cox. (Jeff Fusco)

Fletcher Cox. (Jeff Fusco)

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I’m sure it’s not top on the list of what’s most important right now, but please tell me there’s absolutely nothing to worry about regarding a deal for Fletcher Cox? The radio silence from him is concerning to me and I know how much of an impact player he can be. Is there any reported progress towards a resolution between him and the Eagles front office? -Eagles 1018

There’s not much new to report here, but this is (unsurprisingly) the most frequent question we get. I wouldn’t worry about anything unless Fletcher Cox decides to skip the June 7-9 mandatory minicamp. It’s possible Cox doesn’t show up, but there’s no clear indication one way or the other right now. If he does miss it, the Eagles can fine him $76,580, according to former agent and current CBS Sports analyst Joel Corry. Read more »

Jim Schwartz: Fletcher Cox Will Fit ‘Very Well’

Jim Schwartz. (USA Today Sports)

Jim Schwartz. (USA Today Sports)

In his first media availability since the Eagles hired him in January, Jim Schwartz didn’t want to talk about Fletcher Cox much on Tuesday afternoon. He declined to comment on whether he’s spoken to the Pro Bowl defensive tackle, and he didn’t want to answer any additional questions about the biggest name missing from the Eagles’ OTAs.

But when he did discuss Cox, Schwartz didn’t seem concerned the 25-year-old will fall far behind.

“It’s voluntary, so you can only do so much,” Schwartz said. “Fletch was drafted in a scheme that was similar to this; he’ll catch up. I’m sure there’ll be some carryover for him, but I assume he’s a fast learner and I assume he’ll pick things up quickly.

“We think scheme-wise and technique-wise, what we’ll do will fit him very well.” Read more »

Pederson: Sproles Has Missed Every Workout

Darren Sproles. (Jeff Fusco)

Darren Sproles. (Jeff Fusco)

Darren Sproles has missed all of the Eagles voluntary workouts, Doug Pederson said today.

As OTAs began this morning, Ian Rapoport tweeted that the Eagles received trade interest during the draft for Sproles, and that the running back is “staying away from OTAs until its [sic] sorted out.” Rapoport added that the situation isn’t “filled with frustration,” but Sproles is on the West Coast with his family.

Pederson, however, said the Eagles have no interest in trading Sproles, and the 32-year-old doesn’t want to leave Philadelphia. Read more »

Twitter Mailbag: On Bradford, Wentz And Cox

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

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I don’t think it is viable. 

The fan-player relationship is one factor to consider. While the merits of Bradford’s actions can be (and have been) debated, the general perception will be difficult to overcome — that a well-paid quarterback, a fresh $5.5 million in his pocket,  opted not to show up to work and tried to bail on this team and this city when the going got tough. 

Again, the situation is more nuanced than that, but this is about perception. And if there are two things Philadelphians can’t stand, it’s 1) people shying away from adversity and 2) feeling rejected. In the case of Bradford, it’s a double-whammy. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Grading the Roster

Jeffrey Lurie (Photo by: Jeff Fusco)

Jeffrey Lurie (Photo by: Jeff Fusco)

While the Eagles’ undrafted free agents haven’t been announced yet, we have a pretty good idea of what their roster will look like this season with the draft and free agency frenzy behind us. Let’s break the team down position by position on offense and defense, considering only where they stand for 2016. Read more »

Pederson: Bradford, Cox ‘Losing Valuable Time’

Doug Pederson. (USA Today Sports)

Doug Pederson. (USA Today Sports)

Sam Bradford and Fletcher Cox are in different situations. While the Eagles don’t appear to want the quarterback long term, they hope to build their defense around the Pro Bowl tackle.

Still, according to Doug Pederson, they’re in the same boat when it comes to holding out of voluntary workouts.

“Anybody that’s not in any of the 32 offseason programs is losing valuable time at that club,” Pederson said. “So anybody that’s not in the offseason program, yes, would lose the time.” Read more »

Report: Fletcher Cox Deal Is Close To Being Done

Fletcher Cox. (Jeff Fusco)

Fletcher Cox. (Jeff Fusco)

Fletcher Cox is close to signing a long-term deal potentially worth up to $52 million in fully guaranteed money, Bleacher Report’s Jason Cole reported. Cole added that the Eagles want to sign him “earlier in this offseason” so he’ll participate in new head coach Doug Pederson’s activities.

Amid his unclear contract situation, Cox is one of two players who is expected to skip the Eagles’ voluntary minicamp this week. Darren Sproles, the other player, will not attend because of a family matter.

Despite his absence, Cox’s teammates appear unfazed. Read more »

With No New Deal In Place, Cox To Skip Minicamp

Fletcher Cox. (Jeff Fusco)

Fletcher Cox. (Jeff Fusco)

After skipping the first two weeks of the Eagles’ offseason program, Fletcher Cox is expected to also miss minicamp this week, according to Doug Pederson.

The head coach, however, said he didn’t mind because the activities are voluntary.

“I’m okay with Fletcher Cox not being here,” Pederson said. “Do we miss him? Yeah, we miss him and we’d love to have him around, but right now, he’s hopefully keeping himself in shape and getting ready to go. I’m excited to when I do finally get to work with him.” Read more »

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