Fletcher Cox caught the attention of Philadelphia Eagles fans on Twitter today when he posted the following tweet.
And the clock is still ticking ..— fletcher cox (@fcoxx_91) June 2, 2016
Cox has sent out a number of cryptic tweets about his contract status throughout the offseason, so it's hard to blame Eagles fans for reading into them too much. It's easy to see why people might interpret Cox's latest tweet in reference to the Eagles' mandatory minicamp starting next week on Tuesday, June 7. Cox has skipped all of Philadelphia's voluntary offseason workouts so far but he can be fined up to $76,580 if he sits out of next week's sessions.
For what it's worth, Cox says his tweet isn't Eagles related.
Only a few days before my first invite only 7on7 camp im pretty pumped about it .. Two more days that's why I said time was ticking lol— fletcher cox (@fcoxx_91) June 2, 2016
Hmmm. Maybe that's true, but does that also explain why Cox was tweeting clock emojis in April?
⏱⏱⏱⏱⏱⏲⏲⏲⏲⏲⏲— fletcher cox (@fcoxx_91) April 28, 2016
Cox is in line for a huge pay day from the Eagles. Howie Roseman has even said so. The 25-year-old defensive lineman is a special talent. He's one of the best players at his position in the NFL.
It's really only a matter of time until Cox and the Eagles are able to work out a long-term deal. But everyone wants to know: when exactly will it happen? There have been multiple reports -- one from January and one from April -- about the two sides being "close" to an extension, but that obviously hasn't happened yet.
Earlier this offseason, Howard Eskin reported Cox turned down a contract offer worth $60 million guaranteed. Cox's agent, Todd France, later appeared on 94WIP to deny Eskin's report. France ripped Eskin for "wrong, careless, and bad" reporting. Cox also tweeted the following.
SMH...so easy to spin the truth#devilisinthedetails— fletcher cox (@fcoxx_91) April 13, 2016
As of May 17, the first day of Eagles OTA practices, Doug Pederson said he hadn't spoken with Cox despite multiple attempts to contact him. Defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz wouldn't comment on whether he's spoken to Cox or not. Schwartz did say he's looking forward to Cox's eventual arrival in Philadelphia.
"Fletch was drafted in a scheme that was similar to this," he said. "He'll catch up, but, you know, I'm sure there will be some carry over for him. I assume he's a fast learner and I assume he'll pick things up quickly."