Eagles and Fletcher Cox are close to an agreement after releasing him on Thursday, reports say

The Eagles released Fletcher Cox earlier today and were reportedly very interested in re-signing him to keep him on the roster. After a late report on Thursday evening, it appears to be the case.

According to Let’s go to the phones podcast, the Eagles will bring Cox back on a one-year contract for nearly $15 million guaranteed. The podcast added that Cox would be able to recoup what he was originally slated to earn in 2022 in the form of incentives. NBC Sports Philadelphia John Clark added that the Eagles wanted Cox back and just needed to bring him back for less pay.

The Eagles released Cox with a designation on June 1 on Wednesday, avoiding a guaranteed $18 million payout if he remained on the roster at 4 p.m. The move will save $2.1 million in ceiling space, according to Over The Cap. Cox also reportedly has $12.1 million in dead space.

Cox, 31, played 10 seasons for the Eagles, having been named to the Pro Bowl six times. Last season, Cox’s numbers were down from previous years, collecting 3.5 sacks, 35 tackles and seven tackles for loss.

Even though it looks like Cox will return, that hasn’t stopped one of his former teammates from trying to persuade him to leave the Eagles and join him elsewhere. Former Eagles tight end Zach Ertz tweeted “Go see the big desert dog” at Cox on Thursday afternoon to urge him to join the Arizona Cardinals.

The Eagles continued to restructure Cox’s contract to keep him without significantly affecting their salary cap. If Cox signs the new contract, they shouldn’t have to worry about that from now on.

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