Fletcher Cox and the Philadelphia Eagles have agreed to terms on a six-year contract extension, according to an official announcement from the team. ESPN insider Adam Schefter reports the deal is worth $103 million with $63 million guaranteed. That's the most amount of guaranteed money ever for any non-quarterback in the NFL. Ian Rapoport notes the signing bonus is worth $26 million.
This extension hardly comes as a surprise. The Eagles had made it publicly known they were going to pay Cox a lot of money. It was only a matter of time and now the deal is finally done.
The 25-year-old Cox is a superstar talent. Since being selected with the 12th overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, Cox has amassed 22 sacks, 162 tackles, nine passes batted down, five forced fumbles, six fumble recoveries, and one defensive touchdown. Cox has a chance to be even more productive in Jim Schwartz's attacking 4-3 defense than Chip Kelly's preferred 3-4 two-gap scheme.
Cox made the Pro Bowl for the first time in his career last season. He was also named second-team All-Pro (and truly belonged on the first-team.)
Cox's extension ensures that he'll show up for Eagles training camp. There was originally speculation that he might skip mandatory minicamp after he decided not to attend all of Philadelphia's voluntary workouts. Cox showed up to minicamp, however, but he didn't participate in team drills. Cox didn't want to talk why he skipped OTAs but that's all water under the bridge now. He's under contract through the 2022 season. Cox is happy to be in Philadelphia and the Eagles are very happy to have him.