EAGLES MAKE COX ($63M GUARANTEED) HIGHEST-PAID NON-QB IN NFL!

By Peter Gleason

Fletcher Cox’s long contract nightmare is over!

The Eagles signed their best player to a six-year contract reportedly worth a total of $103 million with $63 million guaranteed.

Cox, based on that $63 million, becomes the highest-paid non-quarterback in the league.

Cox had skipped the team’s voluntary workouts throughout May, as he awaited his new contract. He appeared for the mandatory minicamp last week. He didn’t do much during the three days, but at least he was there.

The 25-year-old defensive lineman was a the 12th overall pick of the 2012 NFL draft and has been a starter for the Eagles all four years he’s been in the league, with 64 games played and 58 starts. He’s also started 49 straight games over the past three seasons.

Last season was Cox’s best season as he earned his first Pro Bowl selection. Playing defensive end in the team’s 3-4 scheme he set career highs in sacks with 9.5, tackles with 104 and tackles for a loss with 16.5.

With the defense, under new coordinator Jim Schwartz, switching back to a 4-3 scheme, Cox will move back inside to defensive tackle. He’s expected to put up even better numbers from there.

“That’s what I was drafted to play,” he said during the team’s minicamp last week. “That’s what I played in college.”

Asked if Schwartz’ scheme was similar to either the one he played in college or as a rookie with the Eagles, he said: “I guess we’ll see.”

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