Eagles cut ties with Fletcher Cox: Leave door open for return

PHILADELPHIA, PA – DECEMBER 13: Philadelphia Eagles Defensive Tackle Fletcher Cox (91) heads to the locker room before the game between the New Orleans Saints and Philadelphia Eagles on December 13, 2020 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA. (Photo by Kyle Ross/Icon Sportswire)

According to reports, the Philadelphia Eagles have released former All-Pro defensive tackle Fletcher Cox with a post-June 1st designation.

As reported, Cox would have $18 million fully guaranteed at 4 PM today had the post-June designation not been made, which would have meant the potential $41 million in dead cap would have hit. Instead, the designation means that the Eagles will only have to eat up $12.9 million in dead money.
Cox had signed a 6 year, $102 million contract with the Philadelphia Eagles back in 2016. He has made six Pro-Bowls, one All-Pro, and was on the 2010’s NFL All-Decade team.

While the move means that Cox can listen to other offers around the NFL, it is reported that the team is looking to bring him back on a re-worked deal. Time will tell if the six-time Pro Bowler will return to Philadelphia, chase a championship, or look for the biggest available contract.

Initially, it was thought the Eagles would only save close to $2 million in cap space but after further clarification, it looks as though the team will save roughly $16 million much to the delight of Philadelphia fans.

More news to follow as it is reported.