Many football fans and experts have focused on the upcoming NFL free-agent class, with free agency set to begin next week. While free agent signings are always exciting, there are also some interesting trade rumors out there as well.
One of the more prominent ones involves Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Fletcher Cox. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported on Friday that several teams have called the Eagles with interest in the six-time Pro Bowler. He was nearly traded at last season's trade deadline, so him getting moved this offseason isn't out of the question.
Cox suited up in 16 games with the Eagles last season, finishing with 35 tackles, 3.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and one touchdown off a fumble recovery. Although his Pro Bowl streak came to an end in 2021, the 31-year-old veteran can still improve most team's defensive units.
Here are the three most likely trade destinations for Cox this offseason.
Fletcher Cox Trade Destinations
1. Las Vegas Raiders
Multiple sources reported that the Las Vegas Raiders were close to acquiring Cox at last season's deadline. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that talks fell through after the Eagles started asking for more pieces from the Raiders. Nevertheless, that's in the past and Las Vegas will want to do what it can to keep up with the AFC West arms races. The Raiders need to improve their pass-rush and Cox is the perfect player to help. He has 58.0 sacks and 142 quarterback hits in 156 career games and is still effective at getting at opposing quarterbacks despite being in his 30s. If the Raiders want to keep up with their divisional rivals, acquiring the 31-year-old veteran is a much-needed move.
2. Baltimore Ravens
Few teams need as much pass-rush help as the Baltimore Ravens. Even though the Ravens are normally sound on defense, they surrendered an NFL-worst 278.9 passing yards per game last season. On the other hand, Cox has shown that he can be an effective pass-rusher even if he's no longer All-Pro caliber. He has 66 quarterback pressures over the last three seasons, as well as 13.5 sacks and 17 QB knockdowns during that stretch. He may not turn the Ravens into instant Super Bowl favorites, but his presence should be enough to ensure that they don't finish near the bottom of the league when it comes to passing defense again.
3. Pittsburgh Steelers
CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora reported in November that the Pittsburgh Steelers were in talks with the Eagles about a potential Cox trade. Unfortunately, the cost of a third-round pick at the time was too much for the Steelers' liking. Having said that, it's clear that they have to make some defensive adjustments after giving up 42 points to the Kansas City Chiefs in the Wild Card round of the playoffs. Fortunately, Pittsburgh still has its first three picks of the 2022 NFL Draft and can work out a deal if the interest is still there. The Steelers haven't won a playoff game since the 2016 season, so acquiring a Super Bowl champion in Cox gives them someone with postseason experience.
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