It was reported earlier today by number of sources, including ESPN's Adam Schefter, that the Philadelphia Eagles and Fletcher Cox have agreed on a six-year, $103 million contract extension including $63 million guaranteed.
This new deal for Cox could have an immediate impact on the negotiations between the Carolina Panthers and Kawann Short, who have been working on an extension for the Panthers' defensive tackle. The negotiations haven't been as smooth and Short missed the past two weeks of OTAs due to the contract dispute.
Now Short is back in Charlotte this week and will be at the mandatory minicamp that will take place Tuesday through Thursday. However, Short's presence is sure to have something to due with the fact that if he sat out this week he would have faced a fine since he is still under contract.
When the two sides decided to meet again to discuss an extension for Short, his representatives are sure to point to this deal for Cox, which is the highest guaranteed amount for a player who isn't a quarterback. The stat line between Short and Cox are very similar from 2015 and this should help the Panthers' defensive tackle in negotiations.
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The Panthers meanwhile are sure to point to the fact that Cox has been playing at a higher level looking at the entire course of his career.
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Over the past couple of seasons, the defensive tackle has become a very expensive position with players like Ndamukong Suh signing a six-year, $114,375,000 contract with $59,955,000 guaranteed last year with the Miami Dolphins. He was outdone a few months later, in terms of guaranteed money, by Marcell Dareus who signed a six-year, $96,574,118 contract with $60 million guaranteed.
The bar appears to be set for the Panthers to work out an extension for Short and that bar looks to be north of $17 million dollars a year based on some of the recent contracts signed.
*All contract figures courtesy of Spotrac.com unless otherwise noted.