Cole mentions that the Eagles and VP of football operations Howie Roseman are willing to spend big money on great players like Cox.
According to Cole, Philadelphia would like to get a deal finalized at some point in the near future so that Cox can participate in the offseason program now that they have a new coaching staff in place.
There has surprisingly been very little buzz regarding a new contract for Cox in the past month or so, especially considering how proactive the Eagles were with re-signing their core players.
Roseman said previously that re-signing Cox was a “huge priority” for them.
“Our intention for Fletcher is to always be an Eagle. We’ve made that known to him,” Roseman said, per CSNPhilly.com. “Sometimes these things don’t happen so quickly. We’ve been very fortunate to get five contracts done. But history says that’s probably the exception, not the norm.”
Cox, 25, played out his four-year, $10.241 million rookie contract last year before the Eagles elected to pick up his fifth-year option. He’ll make a base salary of $7.799 million for the 2016 season.
In 2015, Cox appeared in all 16 games for the Eagles and recorded 71 tackles, 9.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, two recoveries and two pass defenses. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 2 defensive end in a 3-4 defense out of 57 qualifying players.
We’ll have more regarding a new extension for Cox as the news is available.