Eagles Wake-Up Call: Cox And the Spending Spree

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

The Eagles went into the offseason with two philosophies top of mind: take care of your own and invest in the quarterback position.

And boy have they ever.

To execute the first part, Howie Roseman — itching to make up for lost time after a year in exile — handed out the following contracts to core players between January 25 and February 22: Read more »

Cox ‘Expecting To Be At Training Camp’

Fletcher Cox. (Jeff Fusco)

Fletcher Cox. (Jeff Fusco)

Fletcher Cox briefly addressed reporters prior to practice Wednesday. He declined to talk about his contract, saying he was going to keep the discussions between the Eagles and his agent Todd France private while focusing on the here and now.

Cox has been training back in Mississippi and claims he is in the same type of shape he normally would be this time of year. He has missed most of the offseason program, though, and is easing back into the action. Read more »

Pederson Puts A Timetable On Fletcher Cox Deal

Doug Pederson. (Jeff Fusco)

Doug Pederson. (Jeff Fusco)

Howie Roseman and Doug Pederson have reiterated throughout this offseason that they’ll get a deal done with Fletcher Cox at some point, but they never specified when. Before the Eagles’ first practice of mandatory minicamp on Tuesday afternoon, Pederson put a timetable on it for the first time.

“I’m fully confident that something will be done before [training] camp,” he said.

Cox and Darren Sproles, both of whom skipped voluntary workouts but reported to the NovaCare Compex yesterday, will be limited during practice this week to prevent potential injuries. Pederson added that he hasn’t spoken with Cox about why he was absent. Read more »

Fletcher Cox Reports For Minicamp

Fletcher Cox. (Jeff Fusco)

Fletcher Cox. (Jeff Fusco)

UPDATE #2: Doug Pederson expected Cox to show up today, but he didn’t arrive when he spoke around 1 PM. He has now reported according to Derrick Gunn.

Pederson was informed yesterday that Cox would report for minicamp sometime today. The 25-year-old defensive end is entering the final year of his deal and is scheduled to make just under $7.8 million. He led the team with 9.5 sacks last season and was tied for the team lead with three forced fumbles.

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Eagles Wake-Up Call: Reading the Cox Situation

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

It’s been more than four months since the first, big wave crashed ashore. Upon his return to power, Howie Roseman made re-signing his own the first order of business. Within a span of nine days, he handed out new deals to Zach Ertz, Brent Celek, Lane Johnson and Vinny Curry.

Some thought Fletcher Cox was on deck. But days turned to weeks, weeks to months, and still nothing. The offseason training program is now coming to a close. The three-day mandatory minicamp begins on Tuesday, and as of time of publication, there is still no clear read on whether Cox is going to attend.

We’re nowhere near code red here, but the lack of resolution has left many feeling uneasy and wanting answers. We went out in search of them over the last few days, speaking to a handful of league insiders to try and get a feel for what’s going on behind the scenes. Here’s what we came away with: Read more »

Doug Pederson: Bradford’s Been ‘Unbelievable’

Doug Pederson and Sam Bradford. (Jeff Fusco)

Doug Pederson and Sam Bradford. (Jeff Fusco)

After Jim Schwartz’s and Frank Reich’s comments last week that some thought contradicted Doug Pederson’s message of Sam Bradford unquestionably being the Eagles’ starting quarterback, the head coach explained Friday morning how there’s still a competition, even though there is a clear hierarchy.

“Listen, I brought guys in here at all positions for competition. That’s what makes you better. Iron sharpens iron,” Pederson said. “I look at what Sam’s done and he’s taken this thing and run with it. It’s unbelievable what he’s done. I’m so excited about the direction he’s going, and the stuff that he’s doing on the field right now are the things that I expected and what I saw at the end of the season last year from Sam Bradford. And my message has always been, ‘Don’t look over your shoulder, look forward,’ and that’s what he’s done. He’s embraced it.” Read more »

Eagles Mailbag: Cox’s Contract, Starting Corners

Fletcher Cox. (Jeff Fusco)

Fletcher Cox. (Jeff Fusco)

For your mailbag question to be considered, complete the form at the bottom of this post.

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 »

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