Eagles news: Fletcher Cox left off top 100 impending free agents ranking

Fletcher Cox #91, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)
Fletcher Cox #91, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images) /

Time seems to adhere to no one’s rules or theory about how it should work regarding the Philadelphia Eagles and the NFL. One minute it drags, and the time separating the close of the NFC Championship Game and the kickoff of the Super Bowl seems to drag on for a month (even though it was only a two-week stretch). The next thing you know, everything seems to move quickly. 24-hour days feel like they are 12 hours long, and now, following that heartbreaking Super Bowl loss, the NFL Scouting Combine is right around the corner.

We’ve also seen Fletcher Cox‘s first 11 seasons fly by. All have been played in the midnight green. There’s a strong possibility that he’s elsewhere next season. Once another class of future NFL stars ends their workouts in Indianapolis, all of our conversations shift to Pro Days and free agency.

No, that isn’t right. We’ve been discussing free agency since the most recent regular season. We’ve simply intensified the discussions now. Recently, Pro Football Focus gave us an interesting conversation piece. You’ll need to check that out if you haven’t already for several reasons.

Eagles news: Pro Football Focus leaves Fletcher Cox off of their list of the top 100 impending free agents.

Here’s an interesting conversation starter if you need one. Recently, PFF’s  Brad Spielberger released his ranking of the top 100 players set to dive into the free agency pool. This one qualifies as premium content, so we won’t share any quotes here, but here’s what we can tell you.

Nine Eagles made the list: Javon Hargrave (3), James Bradberry (15), Chauncey Gardner-Johnson (25), T.J. Edwards (28), Isaac Seumalo (29), Brandon Graham (66), Miles Sanders (70), Kyzir White (84), and Marcus Epps (96). Take a closer look at that list, and you’ll realize that Fletcher Cox is noticeably absent.

In fairness, this past season, while playing a limited role, Cox had his best season since 2018, when he earned his one and only First-Team All-Pro designation. There is, however, a theory that has been floating around for a while, one that suggests the future Hall of Famer appears to be on the downside of what’s been a great career.

He’ll earn a payday somewhere. That may not be in Philly, but in all honesty, he may be living off of the reputation he built during the early years of his career as opposed to what he’s currently able to provide physically.

Stay tuned. It should be a very intriguing free-agency cycle.