Fletcher Cox returned to the NovaCare Complex to partake in the team’s Mandatory Minicamp after a holdout that lasted the duration of voluntary workouts.
The motivation behind the holdout was to make a statement. Cox believes he’s entitled to a big-money contract..and rightly so. The Pro Bowler led the Eagles in sacks last year with 9.5 and racked up 71 tackles.
Howie Roseman had previously stated that Cox will be paid “great player money”, but the contract is yet to be finalized. Sam Bradford, Vinny Curry, Zach Ertz and Lane Johnson were among those to receive new deals while the Eagles defensive star waited in the wings.
Today however, Eagles Head Coach Doug Pederson shed some light on when we can expect a new contract for the “Man Dog”.
“I’m hoping it gets done” Pederson told the media. “Get it done. I’m fully confident it gets done.”
When asked if he would be involved in the negotiations, Pederson made it clear where his responsibilities lie.
“I’ll leave that up to Howie, I’ll focus on the three practices this week, and from there I’ll focus on training camp.”
Howard Eskin then went on to reveal some more information on twitter:
HC Doug Pederson believes @fcoxx_91 signs by beginning of training camp. hearing deal will be 6 yrs, around 60m guaranteed @FOX29philly
— Howard Eskin (@howardeskin) June 7, 2016
It’s important to note that Eskin has been consistently proven wrong with this storyline. From the “monster contract” that was then disproved to Cox himself shutting down the rumors. But after Pederson himself gave a timeframe in which he expects a deal to be agreed, this at least seems a little more believable.
Pederson expects a new contract to be signed by the time training camp rolls around in August..that’s plenty of time to work with and enough time for Howie Roseman to negotiate a deal that benefits both parties.
It’s been a spring of anxiety for fans who want to see Cox stay an Eagle for a long time and get paid the money he deserves. The good news is, we may not be far away from seeing that becoming a reality.
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