Agent: Fletcher Cox Was Not Offered $60 Million GuaranteedBREAKING NEWS, Defensive Line, Eagles, News Wednesday, April 13th, 2016
According to CBSPhilly.com, on Monday FOX29’s Howard Eskin reported that Eagles All-Pro defensive tackle Fletcher Cox and his agent Todd France turned down an offer from the Eagles that includes $60 million dollars guaranteed. Eskin vehemently criticized France for encouraging Cox to turn down the offer.
“He’s been offered over $60 million guaranteed,” Eskin said on 94-WIP radio. “It’s mind-boggling. His agent is a guy by the named of Todd France who is really, really — I’ve been told that people think he’s brutal and he’s a tough guy. But here’s the other things that I’ve heard from around the NFL, he represents other players that play the position on the defensive line. And in this case, there’s a belief out there that he is trying to get more money for Fletcher Cox just so that increases the value of the other defensive lineman out there that he represents.”
Yesterday, France went on 94-WIP on The Mike and Ike Show to defend himself and the claim Eskin made about them turning down a $60 million dollar guaranteed. Here’s how it was reported on CBSPhilly.com.
“To say a contract is worth — whatever I’m gonna use $60 million guaranteed — and a certain amount of it he gets today”, France said. “But the next year he gets some if he’s on the roster is guaranteed. And the next year he gets it guaranteed if he’s on the roster then. And the next year he gets it if he’s on the roster — those are year-to-year guarantees.
“Any person that’s got any intelligence to the football business will write and say that really isn’t X amount guaranteed because the team can do what? Get rid of the guy and cut him at any point and that quote-unquote guaranteed money the player never really receives.”
If this is the case then it was wrong for Eskin to report that Cox and France turned down an offer with $60 million dollars guaranteed because all that isn’t guaranteed, if you don’t upfront. If you have to be on the roster each year in order to get the money then it’s not guaranteed money.
France made it very clear that Cox does want to sign with the Eagles and continue playing for them.
“One hundred percent of course he does,” France said in response to a question about whether Cox wants to remain an Eagle. “It’s the team that drafted him, it’s the team that believed in him coming out of college. He’s grown there. Yeah they’ve gone through some changes and all that kind of stuff. But he’s grown as a person, he’s grown as a player. He’s ecstatic with what [new defensive coordinator] Jim Schwartz is going to bring to the table. With the scheme that is coming it’s like literally a scheme made for Fletcher. So I think it’s gonna be scary in terms of what his trajectory is going to be, in terms of what he is going to be on the field. He’s young. I mean, the guy is 25-years-old. So his best football is obviously in front of him still.”
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