Following Jason Kelce: Fletcher Cox Announces Retirement as Eagles Suffer Star Loss


Amid a season filled with memorable goodbyes, the Philadelphia Eagles face a major setback with the retirement of defensive standout Fletcher Cox. 

Although his exit may not generate the same level of excitement as Jason Kelce’s recent retirement, it certainly creates a gap in the Eagles’ roster.

Cox announced his retirement on social media on Sunday, marking the end of his impressive 12-year career with the Eagles. 

With six Pro Bowl appearances under his belt, Cox’s choice is making waves in Philadelphia’s football scene.

The member of the All-Decade team from the 2010s played a pivotal role in the Eagles’ memorable victory in the 2017 Super Bowl, showcasing his exceptional skills on the defensive line. 

Drafted as the 12th overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, Cox consistently demonstrated his value over the years, accumulating an impressive 70 sacks and receiving various honors, notably achieving first-team All-Pro recognition in 2015.

Eagles Grapple with Loss of Fletcher Cox and Jason Kelce

TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 15: Fletcher Cox #91 of the Philadelphia Eagles looks on from the field during an NFL Wild Card playoff football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on January 15, 2024 in Tampa, Florida.

Cox’s retirement closely follows Kelce’s departure from the offensive line, compounding the Eagles’ challenge in adapting to the loss of two key figures pivotal to their success over the past decade. 

Their absence presents a significant obstacle for a team already grappling with the aftermath of a turbulent season finale and a humbling defeat in the wild-card playoff against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

As the Eagles confront the formidable task of regrouping and restructuring, Cox’s retirement creates a conspicuous vacuum that will be difficult to fill. 

With his achievements reverberating through Eagles history, the team now faces the necessity of charting a new path forward in a landscape reshaped by the departure of two of its most esteemed players.

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