The Philadelphia Eagles need Fletcher Cox and they know this. What they know and what they are willing to pay are two different story-lines. There is no denying how talented of a player Cox is, and the disruptive presence he brings to the defense.
How big of a contract Howie Roseman is willing to sign is likely preventing the two sides from getting a deal done. Cox is looking to get paid like other defensive tackles who recently signed big contracts, like Ndamukong Suh, Malik Jackson, Marcell Dareus and Gerald McCoy.
Roseman has publically stated that Cox is going to get that big pay day and be a Philadelphia Eagle for a very long time. The Eagles don’t have a ton of cap flexibility this season, but being creative with the salary cap is one of the strengths of Roseman.
Sam Bradford, Darren Sproles and Ryan Mathews are likely gone next season. Jason Peters could also join this list, and if Jason Kelce doesn’t rebound from his 2015 performance, he may also be suiting up for another team next year. Even if it’s just Bradford, Sproles and Mathews who are gone, that’s well over twenty five million dollars the Eagles will have to assign elsewhere. That elsewhere needs to be Fletcher Cox.
Fletcher Cox is the most dominant defensive lineman to suit up for the Philadelphia Eagles since the late Reggie White. To think that Cox has yet to reach his prime playing years and now has the opportunity to maximize his talent under new defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, is all the reason to pay the guy what he is worth.
Howie Roseman signed a lot of extensions this past off-season; and the one he needs to sign must happen before bad blood begins to spill over. The media circus is already going to be on the quarterback situation, the Fletcher Cox deal doesn’t need to be yet another “distraction” that rookie head coach Doug Pederson is asked to comment on.