Adam Schefter: Fletcher Cox Considered Holding Out

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

ESPN’s Adam Schefter appeared on 97.5 The Fanatic’s morning show Tuesday and offered some interesting nuggets about the Fletcher Cox situation.

“Fletcher Cox had given some serious consideration to not showing up to the mandatory minicamp,” said Schefter. “[He] decided to go when the Eagles said ‘Hey, we’re gonna keep talking about this, we’re gonna keep coming up with proposals to try to get this worked out.’ And so often we see players stay away.”

Just a few days after the end of mandatory minicamp, the 25-year-old defensive tackle agreed to a six-year $103 million extension, with $63 million guaranteed. The guaranteed money is a record for a non-quarterback.

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Eagles Wake-Up Call: The Cap After Cox

Howie Roseman. (Jeff Fusco)

Howie Roseman. (Jeff Fusco)

The Eagles actually picked up about $1.5 million in cap relief for this season after inking Fletcher Cox to a mega-deal and now have a touch over $8 million to play with, according to former agent and contracts/salary cap expert Joel Corry. A nice perk for the here and now. It’s down the line where the obstacles lie.

Given the $280 million spending spree they have been on since the start of the year — including the recent Cox contract  that includes $63 million worth of guarantees — it may not come as a big surprise to hear that the Eagles have more cap commitments than any other team in the NFL for 2017.

The number, Corry says, currently sits at just shy of $178 million. OvertheCap sees it the same way. Even when you factor in an 8-10 percent increase in the league salary cap (it’s currently a touch over $155 million) and some carryover money, the Eagles are projected to be north of the ceiling. (OTC has them at plus-$11 million at the moment.)

“They’re going to have to shed people next year,” Corry said during a conversation with Birds 24/7. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Cox And the Spending Spree

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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 »

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