It’s a one-year, $14M deal, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. Cox was released earlier this week ahead of a deadline to guarantee $18M of his contract. Instead, the Eagles cut the defensive tackle, creating $2.1M in cap space while leaving behind $12.8M in dead cap. At the end of the day, the Eagles reduced the length and amount of Cox’s contract, but they’ll have to endure a brutal one-year hit to the salary cap. Cox originally signed a six-year, $102.6M extension in 2016, but the deal had been restructured three times in the years prior to his release.
The Eagles have used the large majority of their 2022 cap space on retaining their own players. Dating back to last year’s extensions, the team compromised most of their 2022 cap space to re-sign the likes of Jordan Mailata, Avonte Maddox, Dallas Goedert, Jason Kelce, and Anthony Harris.
Now, we can add Cox to the list, who has earned six Pro Bowl nods in 10 seasons with the Eagles organization. This past season, Cox recorded 3.5 sacks, 12 QB hits, seven tackles for loss, and two forced fumbles. Considering the veteran’s uncertain contract status and the Eagles’ brutal start to last season, Cox found himself in trade rumors at one point last year, with the Steelers reportedly discussing the All-Pro D-tackle with the Eagles.
The 31-year-old should continue to play a significant role on the Eagles defense. The team saw Javon Hargrave play well last season, and it used a third-round pick on Milton Williams last year. But Cox coming back will surely help a team that can bolster its lineup with three first-round selections next month.