It’s difficult to look at this deal and not think of Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller, who turned down a six-year offer that included $58 million in guarantees, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Miller and Cox are not in identical contract situations; for instance, Cox’s deal adds six years to his current deal and thus ties him to the team longer than the offer Miller received from the Broncos. And they play different positions for teams with dissimilar financial approaches. Finally, Miller has already been suspended once for violating the NFL’s drug policy and could face a year-long ban if he makes another mistake.
But ultimately, Miller and Cox are defensive havoc wreakers who before today didn’t have contracts that extended beyond the 2016 season. One is now among the NFL’s highest-paid players, while the other is staring at the possibility of receiving the franchise tag for two consecutive years as he approaches his 30th birthday.