It was reported last week that the Philadelphia Eagles and Fletcher Cox are close on a new contract. Now there's a report about what the money in the deal could potentially look like:
Negotiations continue between #eagles and DT-DL Fletcher Cox for deal that could be worth over 100M w 60-70M guaranteed. @FOX29philly— Howard Eskin (@howardeskin) February 1, 2016
Fletcher Cox #eagles would be one of top 3 to 4 at his position when deal gets done. And he clearly is at that level in #NFL @FOX29philly— Howard Eskin (@howardeskin) February 1, 2016
"Over $100 million" is certainly a lot of money. The Miami Dolphins signed defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh as a free agent last offseason to a six-year deal worth up to $114,375,000 with nearly $60 million of that guaranteed. Marcell Dareus and Gerald McCoy both have deals worth up to over $95 million.
It's not a surprise to see that Cox won't be cheap. He's only 25 years old and he's already an elite player. One would think Cox has the potential to be even more dangerous as a defensive tackle in Jim Schwartz's 4-3 scheme as opposed to a defensive end in Chip Kelly's preferred two-gapping 3-4 defense.