Numerous teams calling Eagles about potential Fletcher Cox trade
Even after holding onto him through the trade deadline last off-season, Fletcher Cox could still be on the move. According to Ian Rapoport, teams have continued to call about Cox’s availability.
Numerous stars across the NFL have been traded over the last several days, the most recent being Khalil Mack to the Los Angeles Chargers.
It’s unknown what the Eagles’ level of interest is, but a potential trade might not be worth it. Mack set the trade value for Cox at roughly a mid-day-two pick. Chicago got a second-round selection, with LA taking on Mack’s entire contract.
Cox is not on the same level as the former Defensive Player of the Year but is still a great NFL player.
According to Over the Cap, if the Eagles traded Fletch before June 1st, they would receive a $40 million dead cap hit, losing $25 million in free agency. Of course, they could agree to a deal and not have it in place until after June 1st, which would save Philly $2 million.
Last off-season, the Eagles moved on from Alshon Jeffrey and Malik Jackson at the start of the new league year, but they weren’t made official until June 1st for this reason.
The negative to trade Cox this off-season would be the long-term dead cap hits for Philadelphia. One key difference between Mack and Cox is Mack is the better player with a much larger contract, while Cox isn’t as good but on a better deal.
If the Eagles can get a second-rounder for the star defensive tackle, they will surely pounce on that. Anything could happen, but a third-rounder seems like the most likely option.
Philadelphia has been active on the trade market over the last few weeks, having nearly acquired Calvin Ridley before his suspension. They were also in the mix for Russell Wilson before he was moved to Denver.
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