People are freaking out about Fletcher Cox missing OTAs and it’s totally ridiculous.
For the second year in a row, Pro Bowl defensive tackle Fletcher Cox is skipping out on the Philadelphia Eagles‘ voluntary OTAs.
Emphasis on the word “voluntary.”
Naturally, people are freaking out about Cox’s absence, which is a kind of silly. Especially since he was spending his time away from OTAs to be with his family, according to a report from ESPN’s Tim McManus.
McManus believes Cox will return to the Eagles next week.
Last offseason, Cox at least had a reason to be skipping OTAs. After separating himself as one of the most dominant interior defensive linemen in the NFL, he was clearly eager to receive a major contract extension from the Eagles.
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And boy did they give him one.
He signed a six-year, $103 million contract with $63 million guaranteed last offseason, which was the second-largest contract ever given to a non-quarterback in league history. He responded with a Pro Bowl season in which he registered 43 tackles, 6.5 sacks and a forced fumble.
Cox wasn’t the only player to skip out on OTAs, however. Left tackle Jason Peters and punter Donnie Jones were also absent Tuesday. It’s unknown what’s keeping them from attending OTAs, but there are no signs indicating that they won’t return soon.