Report: 'Internal concern' about Fletcher Cox's future with Eagles


There appears to be some "internal concern" regarding Philadelphia Eagles six-time Pro Bowl and 2018 first-team All-Pro defensive tackle Fletcher Cox, and his future with the franchise.

"There was a feeling among some coaches, however, that Cox wasn’t maximizing his ability over that span, or taking the necessary preventative steps in terms of his health, team sources said," Jeff McLane wrote for the Philadelphia Inquirer. "And there is an internal concern that he won’t take the extra steps as he enters his 30s to retire in Philadelphia.

"'Howie [Roseman] basically checks everything related to the defensive line with Fletcher to make sure it’s OK first,' a team source said. 'So that has often led to certain people getting jobs, and in some cases, the same losing them.'”

Cox has been one of the best defensive lineman in the NFL through his nine year career with the Eagles. In 140 career games, Cox has 408 combined tackles, 54.5 sacks, 12 forced fumbles, and 11 fumble recoveries.

Cox, 30, is currently in a six-year, $102 million contract. He's due a base salary in 2021 of $15 million and 2022 of $16.1 million. Cox's cap hit just under $24 million for each of the next two seasons, but his dead cap number drops from $22 million in 2021 to $13.1 million in 2022, potentially giving the Eagles some wiggle room after the 2021 season.

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