The Philadelphia Eagles were close to losing an integral part of their team after the 2022 NFL season.
Fortunately, this did not happen and Fletcher Cox re-signed with the team on a one-year, $10 million deal.
However, things could have turned out differently for the player and team had an AFC franchise tried to lure him away from Philly.
According to Zack Rosenblatt, Cox admitted that he was close to joining the New York Jets.
Fletcher Cox admitted on Chris Long’s podcast that he was close to signing with # jets,
So close that he noticed that John Franklin-Myers had his number (91) and said he must have picked a new one.
— Zack Rosenblatt (@ZackBlatt) April 1, 2023
The Eagles reportedly matched what the Jets were willing to pay.
#Eagles Fletcher didn’t overpay for Cox. They paid what other teams (Jets) were willing to pay. https://t.co/HUbljWjdN6
— Eliot Shore-Parks (@EliotShorrParks) April 1, 2023
Cox is a six-time Pro-Bowler who spent his entire 11-season career in Philadelphia.
Still, he had no problem with potentially joining the Jets and also admitted that he would have chosen a different number.
John Franklin-Myers owns the No. 91 jersey on the Jets, but that wasn’t a problem for Cox.
Luckily, things didn’t end that way and he will return for a 12th season with the Eagles.
After losing Super Bowl LVII against the Kansas City Chiefs, the Eagles have unfinished business.
During his career, Cox recorded 336 solo tackles, 150 assists, 65.0 sacks, and 13 fumble recoveries.
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