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Fletcher Cox returns to Eagles on one-year contract [UPDATE]

He won’t be leaving after all.

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SECOND UPDATE: The Eagles issued a team statement to announce they’re officially re-signing Fletcher Cox. His new contract is reportedly worth $14 million. Though the Eagles are likely a worse team without Cox, one can wonder if there’s a better way for the team to spend these resources.


FIRST UPDATE: The latest from NFL Network indicates that Fletcher Cox’s return could be officially finalized early next week.

ORIGINAL STORY BELOW.


After officially releasing him with a post-June 1 designation on Thursday, it appears the Philadelphia Eagles are re-signing Fletcher Cox.

The @letsgo2thephone Twitter account, which originally pointed towards the Cox release hours before other news-breakers did, tweeted the following on Thursday evening.

NFL insider Mike Garafolo clarified that, while nothing is yet finalized, progress is being made in that regard.

John Clark also had something similar to say:

This whole situation has been pretty strange.

From a restructure that cap expert Jason Fitzgerald dubbed as “one of the more complex contracts I’ve seen in the NFL” to Cox being designated as a post-June 1 cut and then essentially brought back hours later ... this is hardly standard procedure.

The bottom line, though, is that it appears Cox will be returning for his 11th season with the Eagles.

On one hand, the Eagles are a worse team without Cox. In that regard, his return is welcomed.

On the other hand, it’s hard to say the Eagles are optimizing their resources by spending them on a declining, aging player with 4.5 sacks in his last 22 games.

We’ll be staying tuned for official word that Cox is back. As we’ve seen multiple times in this free agency cycle (see: Randy Gregory, J.D. McKissic, and Za’Darius Smith all backing out of deals), nothing is official until the ink has dried.


Some more financial context from Garafolo: