Fletcher Cox enters the 2022 season as a Philadelphia Eagles question mark.
In a ‘what have you done for me lately’ NFL, there are times when the Philadelphia Eagles are going to have to make tough decisions. That’s just a part of the game. Unfortunately, they don’t seem to have the same ‘do what it takes’ attitude that they used to.
We’ve heard vice president/general manager Howie Roseman admit to his struggles with emotional attachments before, and some of his roster decisions have been evidence of that. The Eagles, formerly a team that used to know when to cut ties, now move off of players a year or two too late. Recent examples of that theory include Nelson Agholor, Derek Barnett, JJ Arcega-Whiteside, Andre Dillard, and yes future Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee Fletcher Cox.
The six-time Pro Bowler is on the downside of what’s been a great career, and if you’re one of those fans that still can’t see that and take offense to the statement, you’re probably also among those Eagles contingents that wanted LeSean McCoy back in 2019 and couldn’t figure out what Carson Wentz’s limitations were as quickly as some of the rest of us.
That’s okay. We live, and we learn.
The fact of the matter is this. Regardless of what side you’re on in the argument, if you disallow emotion to fuel your perspective (like the aforementioned general manager), it won’t take much to see why there are quite a few enthusiasts that are dissatisfied with the knowledge that Fletcher Cox is still here.
Philly released him earlier in the offseason to bring him back for a lower price tag two days later. He’s on a one-year deal now.
If the decision is made to invest draft capital in a young defensive tackle early in the selection meeting as some believe they will, Fletch could find himself on a much warmer seat in 2022, and in all honesty, even if if a defensive tackle isn’t the choice early, Cox could be playing for his job anyway.
Add his name to the list of Eagles with a lot riding on how this selection meeting plays out. Here are six more Birds who qualify for spots on that list as well.