The Philadelphia Eagles are not going to trade Fletcher Cox. But don't just take my word for it. Here's what Eagles executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman had to say in a media session on Monday:
Howie Roseman: "Fletcher Cox is going to be our team. We're not trading Fletcher Cox."— Zach Berman (@ZBerm) April 18, 2016
Roseman said Eagles are "not playing leverage game" with Fletcher Cox. They're very clear that they to re-sign him, keep him for long time.— Zach Berman (@ZBerm) April 18, 2016
This obviously shouldn't come as surprise. Cox is Philadelphia's best player. The organization loves him. Cox has said he wants to be in Philly.
But for some reason leading up to the 2016 NFL Draft there's been talk about trading Cox in order to help the Eagles move up and get a potential franchise quarterback. According to Roseman (and common sense), that's simply not going to happen.
A report surfaced last week that said Cox turned down a $60 million contract offer from the Eagles. Cox's agent Todd France went on 94WIP to call that report "wrong, careless, and bad." Whether the original report is true or not, there's still plenty of time for both sides to work out a long-term deal. There appears to be mutual interest in a deal getting done, so it should really only be a matter of time.
In the meantime, Cox is one of only two Eagles players not expected to attend Philadelphia's voluntary minicamp this week. (Darren Sproles is expected to miss this week due to family reasons, according to head coach Doug Pederson.) They key word here is obviously "voluntary." The only mandatory part of Philadelphia's offseason schedule is a three-day minicamp from June 7-9.
So rest easy, Eagles fans. Cox is here to stay. He was never going anywhere in the first place.