Eagles’ Fletcher Cox, 4-time All-Pro and Super Bowl champion, retires from NFL



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Fletcher Cox, a four-time All-Pro and one of the NFL’s best defensive linemen of the past decade, has announced his retirement.

Cox, 33, played the entirety of his 12-year career with the Philadelphia Eagles. He helped the franchise win its only Super Bowl. His 70 sacks rank fifth all-time in team history.

In a social media post published Sunday afternoon, Cox recalled what was the fulfillment of “a lifelong dream” of playing in the NFL. He thanked the Eagles’ executives, his coaches, his family and teammates — including Jason Kelce. The six-time All-Pro center announced his retirement last week.

Cox now joins Kelce as two of the most storied legacies in the franchise’s history comes to an end.

“I gave everything I had to this team and to this city,” Cox wrote. “I don’t know what’s next for me. But I do know that I’m forever grateful for my time here in Philadelphia and with the Eagles organization.”

Cox, the No. 12 pick in the 2012 draft, recorded five sacks and three tackles for loss in his final season. His contract is set to expire as the free-agency cycle begins this week, and it wasn’t yet certain whether Cox would re-sign with Philadelphia or continue his career with another team. General manager Howie Roseman, addressing Kelce and Cox’s futures at the NFL Scouting Combine, said “you never want to see them wearing different colors.”

“If they want the opportunity to come back, we’d want to have the opportunity to bring them back,” Roseman said.

The Eagles now enter a new era along the defensive line. Roseman invested heavily into the defensive front and will deploy a succession plan that includes three first-round draft choices in the last two years. Jordan Davis (2022) and Jalen Carter (2023) will see their roles and snap counts increase at defensive tackle.

Nolan Smith, the No. 30 pick in 2023, is expected to emerge as a starter in 2024.

A franchise two years removed from its Super Bowl LVII appearance must return to championship contention with a roster that now leans on younger players for both production and leadership. But Brandon Graham, the team’s longest-tenured player, agreed to terms with Philadelphia on a one-year deal that permits a “farewell tour.” Cox thanked Graham on his retirement announcement, saying, “I can only hope I was able to have the same kind of impact on others that you had on me.”

“I will forever cherish the brotherhood,” Cox said. “We created memories that will last a lifetime.”

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