NFL Network is running their annual offseason fluff series featuring the top 100 players in the league. The list is formed based on voting from the players. There haven't been any members of the Eagles revealed yet ... until now. Philadelphia defensive lineman Fletcher Cox made the cut at No. 49 overall.
If you think that ranking is too low for Cox, well, that's because it is. Not that this list really matters or anything, but you would think Cox would garner more respect from his peers. Especially the opposing offensive linemen he dominates on a weekly basis.
Cox was really good in 2015. Here's what we wrote about him earlier this offseason.
Among 3-4 defensive ends, Cox ranked third in sacks, fourth in hits on the quarterback, and first overall in hurries. It was nice to see Cox finally get some much-deserved respect from the national media. He made the Pro Bowl for the first time in his career. He was also named second-team All-Pro, though he deserved to be first.
Cox is set to receive a contract extension from the Eagles. The team clearly wants him around for the long-term. Cox's new deal could over $100 million, according to reports. Is he worth all that money? Yes, easily. He's an impact player. Cox was a big reason the Eagles were able to beat the Patriots and the Bills late in the season despite the rest of the team not being so great. Cox only turned 25 in December and he might even be more dangerous as a defensive tackle in Jim Schwartz's 4-3 scheme. Cox is a star and the Eagles will do what it takes to keep him around for the long-run.
For your viewing pleasure, enjoy this highlights video of Cox being a beast.
Cox returned to Eagles practice this week after skipping all of the team's voluntary workouts. Head coach Doug Pederson expects the team to sign Cox to a long-term extension before training camp. Cox is worth every penny he gets.