Eagles Sign Fletcher Cox To A Six-Year $103 Million Dollar DealBREAKING NEWS, Defensive Line, Eagles, News Monday, June 13th, 2016
Eagles defensive tackle Fletcher Cox and his family are probably sitting somewhere smiling and laughing with joy. They’ve got a lot of good reasons to be smiling and laughing. Cox became a very, very wealthy man today.
The signing is great news to anybody associated with the Eagles. The fact that the Birds have worked out a six-year deal with their All-Pro defensive tackle should bring a smile to the face of every Eagles fan. He was the heart of their defense a year ago, but this year he will be even more a focal point of this defense.
This signing means the Eagles best and most valuable defensive player will be available and dominating in the middle of Jim Schwartz’ defense for another six years at least. That’s very good news to Eagles fans.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that the deal is worth $103 million dollars with $63 million dollars of it guaranteed. That’s a lot of money. In fact it’s the largest guarantee for a NFL player that’s not a quarterback. I’m not surprised.
This is extremely important because this defense will feature Cox. He will be given the chance to dominate games like previous Pro Bowl defensive tackles like the Lions Ndamukong Suh and the Titans Albert Haynesworth, who both played the same position in the Schwartz scheme. Suh, who said to have a great work ethic broke the bank in a more than $100 million dollar deal with the Miami Dolphins. Haynesworth was signed to a $100 million dollar deal by the Redskins, but he got fat and out of shape and wound up being a major disappointment. The former Tennessee Titans defensive tackle didn’t have a good work ethic in college and he had a reputation for gaining weight when he was playing with the Titans.
One of the reasons Howie Roseman and the Birds front office felt good about paying Cox this huge sum of money is because he has a great work ethic. Now we will see if his effort changes after now that he’s got a huge bank account. I’ve been impressed with him as a person during my interaction with him and I don’t think the big pay day will affect him in a negative way.
“You’ve never heard that Fletcher Cox had ‘dog’ in him,” ESPN’s Schefter said. “He’s regarded as one of the team leaders, a guy that they want to build around. There was a real question about [Haynesworth] coming out of Tennessee that there was the stomping incident, there was the work ethic incident, there was the reason that he even dropped in the draft from really a top one or two, to where he was taken in the draft.
“Those questions have not really existed here with Fletcher Cox. Contracts of this size, it’s always part of the factoring how it’s gonna impact the guy and his motivation and desire, but I think the great ones are not motivated by that money as attractive and nice as it is. You do this because you love this because you take pride in this because you’re a consummate pro, and whether you’re paid $114 million or $114, you go about the job the same exact way. And I think that’s part of the belief on Fletcher Cox, and we’ll see whether or not it turns out to be true.”
The Scwartz scheme forces the offense to single block the featured defensive tackle with a guard. It’s very difficult to double-team this featured defensive tackle because he lines up on the outside shoulder of the guard. The DT is too far outside for the center to get to him and the offensive tackle can’t help him because he’s got to block the defensive end.
Cox had 9.5 sacks in the 2015 season, he will get even more in Schwartz’ defense.
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