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Eagles Committed to Signing Cox Long-Term
Saturday, March 5
"We have to make sure that we’re always in a place where we have to get Fletcher done," Eagles executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman said, per PhillyVoice.com's Jimmy Kempski. "Anything that we do is in our mind, in the back of our mind, that we want to get Fletcher done, whether that’s today, tomorrow, whatever point in time. We want Fletcher to be here."
Not only did Roseman make it clear the Eagles plan to lock up Cox for the long haul, but he didn't shy away from saying the team would reward him handsomely for his performance last season.
"He’s a great player," Roseman said at the NFL Scouting Combine, per Kempski. "He’s going to get 'great player money.' We’re not shy about saying that."
Just how much is great player money?
According to NJ Advance Media's Eliot Shorr-Parks, two different people familiar with the negotiations said "Cox could end up with a deal that has over $50 million in guaranteed money."
|NFL's Biggest Guarantees (Defense)|
|1||Marcell Dareus, DT, Buffalo Bills||$60,000,000|
|2||Ndamukong Suh, DT, Miami Dolphins||$59,955,000|
|3||Justin Houston, OLB, Kansas City Chiefs||$52,500,000|
|4||J.J Watt, DE, Houston Texans||$51,876,000|
|5||Gerald McCoy, DT, Tampa Bay Buccaneers||$51,500,000|
|6||Patrick Peterson, CB, Arizona Cardinals||$47,368,114|
Cox started out his career as a defensive tackle in a 4-3 scheme, but he quickly made the move to defensive end under former head coach Chip Kelly.
And after posting seven sacks combined over the 2013 and 2014 seasons, Cox erupted last year for a career-high 9.5 sacks to go with 71 total tackles, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
"You can just watch him play and see what he means to our team," safety Malcolm Jenkins said, per the Associated Press (via USA Today). "A lot of time he probably doesn't get all of the glory he deserves along with our whole defensive line."
Put simply, Cox is the most valuable player on an Eagles defense that needs to generate pressure in order to keep the onus off a shaky secondary.