WHY IS EAGLE FLETCHER COX SMILING? HERE’S HIS CONTRACT IN DETAIL!

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.

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