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Report: Eagles close to massive deal with Fletcher Cox

PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 26: Fletcher Cox #91 of the Philadelphia Eagles looks on during the closing moments of a game against the Washington Redskins at Lincoln Financial Field on December 26, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Redskins defeated the Eagles 38-24. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Eagles have moved quickly to sign up their young players for the foreseeable future, and they may be nearing the biggest one yet this offseason.

According to Eliot Shorr-Parks of NJ.com, the Eagles are negotiating a massive deal with defensive tackle Fletcher Cox which could feature more than $50 million in guarantees.

The report says the deal is “close,” and given the pace at which they’ve been passing out money to Lane Johnson, Zach Ertz and Vinny Curry, it’s reasonable that they’re trying to get as much done as quickly as they can. Cox had a year left on his rookie deal, after they picked up his option for 2016.

Cox had 9.5 sacks as a 3-4 defensive end last year, and will slide inside as they convert to a 4-3 defense next season, but he’s versatile enough to play a number of roles.

Of course, until one of those roles is quarterback, the Eagles still have a pretty big item on their offseason to-do list.

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27 Responses to “Report: Eagles close to massive deal with Fletcher Cox”
  1. fshman00 says: Feb 9, 2016 7:04 AM

    Glad to see this!! The guy is a beast!!! With all this money that the Birds are dishing out, say goodbye to Bradford!!!!
    Wentz or Lynch, Welcome to Philly!!!!

  2. greenbleeder says: Feb 9, 2016 7:06 AM

    I love Cox!

    You can’t block Cox. Don’t be a Cox blocker!

  3. PFT's Most Censored says: Feb 9, 2016 7:45 AM

    Good Work So Far! Lets get a QB now!

  4. tom987123 says: Feb 9, 2016 7:51 AM

    “Pay dat man hez money” – Teddy KGB

  5. mykelane says: Feb 9, 2016 8:05 AM

    E. S-P has been reporting this deal is “close” for weeks. eventually he’ll get it right.

  6. chut26 says: Feb 9, 2016 8:13 AM

    Guy had 9.5 sacks as a TWO GAP 3-4 DE. Moving back to DT in a 4-3, and this guy will be damn near unstoppable.

  7. chrisk61 says: Feb 9, 2016 8:25 AM

    the eagles are going to improve a lot next season. they have a good roster that Kelly couldn’t maximize. last season was a sort of mutiny.

  8. 23rdusernameused says: Feb 9, 2016 8:34 AM

    good move!!! I may be changing my tune about Howie after all!

  9. cinfante54 says: Feb 9, 2016 8:37 AM

    He deserves this. He’s such a hard worker and makes his teammates better. Great guy inside and out of the locker room. The deal will not deter him from continuing to produce massive numbers. He is the Anti-Suh. If you think 9.5 sacks as a 3-4 end was dominating, wait until he lines up in the middle of a 4-3 under Schwartz. Congrats Cox!

  10. lukedunphysscienceproject says: Feb 9, 2016 8:40 AM

    This is how the Eagles operated when they stayed competitive for the better part of 15 years in the late 90s and 2000’s before they lost their minds and turned over their entire operation to a lunatic.

  11. wrossi81 says: Feb 9, 2016 8:54 AM

    The article asks if it’s a good idea. You can never let the best player on your team walk. Ask Detroit how it felt last year.

  12. eagles1960 says: Feb 9, 2016 8:55 AM

    Super Bowl.

  13. xavier179 says: Feb 9, 2016 9:13 AM

    Good move, next up is the dumping of Bradford.

  14. leroyquimby says: Feb 9, 2016 9:17 AM

    After this deal it looks like the Eagles really built a formidable 4-3 formidable defense under Chip Kelly.

  15. janvanflac says: Feb 9, 2016 9:35 AM

    I like it. In addition to building a beastly young DL (Cox, V. Curry, Brandon Graham, Bennie Logan) they are clearly building a strong nucleus of players.

  16. lukedunphysscienceproject says: Feb 9, 2016 9:57 AM

    xavier179 says:
    Feb 9, 2016 9:13 AM
    Good move, next up is the dumping of Bradford.
    ===

    Bradford is a free agent. No dumping necessary.

  17. lbijake says: Feb 9, 2016 10:05 AM

    Good note that “unless he can play qb, the eagles will be hurting”. Nice top see Cox get the $. His previous comment several weeks ago, I am playing for $8 million next year so I am okay.

  18. hottakesmagoo says: Feb 9, 2016 10:07 AM

    If the plan is to draft a qb this year or next and bringing back Nick Foles in the meantime while revamping the O-line and adding some defensive pieces, I don’t mind that one bit

  19. cav2ya says: Feb 9, 2016 10:42 AM

    As for Eagles handing out money, ya forgot Celek.

  20. justintuckrule says: Feb 9, 2016 10:49 AM

    Eagles fans are so adorable. Predicting sbs not 2 days before the ink is dry on the Broncos win. They are just as consistent as the real groundhog.

  21. louiedogg16 says: Feb 9, 2016 10:53 AM

    Signing a 3-4 DT to a massive deal prior to a switch to 4-3? Sounds risky.

  22. wattsupwiththatwattsupwiththat says: Feb 9, 2016 10:54 AM

    4 years 22 sacks.. Soooooo Dominate!!! Pay the man ROTFLMAO

  23. dolphins4 says: Feb 9, 2016 10:55 AM

    Great move now they need to some how re sign Bradford. Some people forget how good Sam Bradford was at Oklahoma and the fact he got drafted by the crappy Rams.But I really like Sam’s accuracy and the fact that he stood in the pocket behind the Eagles bad offensive line. This guy can win the Eagles a Super Bowl.

  24. chrisbr215 says: Feb 9, 2016 11:30 AM

    Gotta lockup my main man Fletcher Cox the guy has been a dominate player, a leader on the defense, and has been super durable since day one.

  25. kfoyo808 says: Feb 9, 2016 12:06 PM

    Get a short term qb (via trade or FA) and draft the long term guy, don’t toss him in immediately (McNabb I believe started in game #9 or 10 his rookie year)…D. O-line. QB.

  26. levanderwilliams says: Feb 9, 2016 12:46 PM

    Great news!!

  27. eaglomaniac says: Feb 11, 2016 12:47 AM

    Cox will wreak havoc on the NFC East this season and I can’t wait to see Eli and Tony running for their lives.
    Now that’s entertainment.

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