Jun 14, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Fletcher Cox (91) is interviewed after practice during mini camp at the Philadelphia Eagles NovaCare Complex. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE
You can thank the new CBA for the speed at which this draft class was signed, not just in Philadelphia, but all around the league. The new rookie salary structure has made it much more elementary to get deals done than in the past. Under the old system, teams would typically have to wait until picks near their own were signed to get an idea of the proper market value for a contract. Plus, rookies could hold out to try and go over "slot" if they wanted and the result was usually first round picks missing a week or more of camp and mad dashes in August to get deals done.
Not anymore. Cox was present at the minicamps, he'll be in the full offseason training program and will be there on time at Lehigh just like the rest of the 2012 picks. He won't be making as much money as he would have 2 years ago or have as long of a contract... but why should any of us care? He'll be there on time and that's all that matters to us fans.