By Annie Ross
Why is Eagles defensive tackle Fletcher Cox smiling (above)?
Here are the full details of his contract, which is reportedly worth up to $103 million:
1. $26 million signing bonus
2. $1.299 million fully-guaranteed base salary in 2016
3. $6 million option bonus due in 2017, fully guaranteed
4. $3 million fully-guaranteed base salary in 2017
5. $11.5 million base salary for 2018, guaranteed for injury only at signing but fully guaranteed in March 2017
6. $15.6 million base salary for 2019, $15.5 million of which is guaranteed for injury only at signing but $7.75 million becomes fully guaranteed in March 2017 and the other $7.75 million becomes fully guaranteed in March 2018
7. $12.9 million base salary in 2020, plus a $1 million roster bonus due in March
8. $15 million base salary in 2021, plus a $1 million roster bonus due in March
9 $16.1 million base salary in 2022, plus a $1 million roster bonus due in March.
The deal would carry dead cap hits of $20.8 million in 2017, and $20.4 million in 2018, meaning the Eagles are now essentially committed to Cox for at least three more seasons.
They could cut Cox after the 2018 season and save $10 million, as his cap hit in 2019 is set to be $22 million, with just a $12.8 million cap hit. In 2020, cutting Cox would save the Eagles roughly $14 million.
According to Spotrac, Cox will still have a cap hit of $7.79 million, which means his cap number in the new deal did not change from what it was set to be in his prior contract.