Fletcher Cox not bothered by pre-draft trade rumors

Over the course of the 2014 season, Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Fletcher Cox was arguably the team’s best defensive player. When Cox’s name came up in pre-draft trade rumors related to Marcus Mariota, many were surprised that the Eagles were willing to move him–even for Mariota. During the Eagles’ first set of OTAs last week, Cox told reporters that he refused to let this notion bother him.

“It would have been a distraction if I was to let that bother me or put me one step behind,” Cox said, per The Philadelphia Daily Inquirer. “I’m not trying to take on step backwards, I want to take one step forward every day. My job here is to play football and that’s the most important thing to me.”

Playing the five-technique defensive end position in Bill Davis’ 3-4 scheme, Cox racked up 70 tackles, seven tackles for loss, four sacks, 14 hurries and a forced fumble in 2014. He finished as Pro Football Focus’ fifth-best 3-4 defensive end with plus marks as a pass rusher and run defender. Cox’s disruption on the interior allowed outside linebackers Connor Barwin, Trent Cole and Brandon Graham to isolate themselves and win in one-on-one situations.

Fletcher finished 2014 as Pro Football Focus’ No. 46 overall player . According to Pro Football Focus, Cox’s 35 defensive stops against the run were the third-most in the NFL among all 3-4 defensive ends.

The Eagles picked up the fifth-year, $7.799 million contract option on Cox and he is under contract with the team through the 2016 season.

(h/t Philadelphia Daily Inquirer)

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