Eagles say they are not trading defensive lineman Fletcher Cox


In addition to all of the draft rumors that have surrounded the Eagles in recent weeks, the uncertain contract status of defensive lineman Fletcher Cox has garnered considerable attention this offseason. From reports that he had turned down a monstrous contract offer to his absence at the team's voluntary mini-camps and offseason programs, Cox's future in Philadelphia appears murkier than how some had considered it as recently as a few months ago. For the second straight offseason, Cox has been pitched as a potential centerpiece of a deal that could help the Eagles move up in the draft to select one of the top quarterbacks in the class. Not only is Cox the best player on the team, but he is seemingly the Eagles' top trade chip if they decided to move the defensive lineman. 

Along with a cluster of draft topics presented by the Eagles media, executive vice president of player personnel Howie Roseman and coach Doug Pederson addressed the future of Fletcher Cox. (H/T to Jimmy Kempski of Phillyvoice.com, who was in attendance on Monday, for providing the transcribed quotes via his Twitter)


As far as whether the Eagles feel like they'll be moving Cox in the near future: 


CSN Philadelphia Eagles digital reporter Dave Zangaro with some more context: 


Finally, Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Inquirer with some details provided by Roseman on the negotiations going on between Cox's camp and the Eagles:



This is about as much as the Eagles have said on the matter since the end of the 2015 season. While Roseman's stance is a strong one, there is nothing keeping him from wavering from the truth. He would not be the first general manager to do so, and he technically has nothing to gain/lose by telling the truth at this point in the offseason. Nevertheless, moving Cox after that type of statement would cause quite the backlash.

Somers Price is a contributor for Eagledelphia.com and can be followed on Twitter @somersprice

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