Even with the Philadelphia Eagles coming off a 9-8 season where they snuck into the playoffs, opposing general managers apparently are trying to pry away arguably the most accomplished player on their roster.
According to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport, "teams around the league have continued to call" Howie Roseman to see if he would part with defensive tackle Fletcher Cox. Rapoport adds that the former All-Pro was "nearly dealt at the deadline," and calls his future "something to watch."
The No. 12 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, Cox has spent all 10 seasons of what has been an excellent career in Philadelphia. However, Cox had just 3 1/2 sacks in 2021, and slipped to being ranked as the No. 29 overall interior defender by Pro Football Focus.
This came after Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer wrote prior to the 2021 season that "there is an internal concern that Cox won't take the extra steps as he enters his 30s to retire in Philadelphia."
It's unclear what type of return the Eagles could get for Cox -- who turned 31 in December -- if they seriously entertained the idea of parting with one of the greatest players in the history of the team.
The six-time Pro Bowler is essentially entering the final year of his contract, as future years are set to automatically void. Over The Cap says that if the Eagles traded Cox before June 1, they would be left with $40.9 million in dead money in 2022, likely a non-starter. However, a post June 1 trade of Cox would leave the Eagles with $12.8 million in dead money in 2022, as opposed to the $14.9 million cap hit he's currently schedule to have.