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The Philadelphia Eagles became the 11th team in the NFL to sign their entire draft class by inking the 12th pick in the draft today. Defensive tackle Fletcher Cox has agreed to a four-year deal worth $10.24 million.
For starters it’s nice to have this completely out of the way 34 days ahead of rookies reporting to training camp. Most of all, having their first-rounder signed is a split from their history. It also adds another layer to this blissful 2012 offseason.
Some may not credit the Eagles front office for getting this deal done. That is because of the new rookie salary cap that slots salaries of first-year players. Whether the Eagles did this all on their own or not, it’s still a positive.
In the Andy Reid era the Eagles have selected 11 players in the first round. Seven of those players have held out and missed at least a few days of training camp. This season, with such high hopes pinned upon it, there will be no holdout.
Last year there were...