4 NFC East departures the Commanders won't miss in 2024

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Commanders won't miss Fletcher Cox

Jason Kelce was the high-profile retiree from the NFC East this offseason. However, another promises to have lingering implications on the Philadelphia Eagles and their chances of winning the division in 2024.

After a phenomenal career, defensive lineman Fletcher Cox also decided the time was right to walk away from the gridiron. The former first-round pick spent his career entirety in Philadelphia, winning a Super Bowl and earning selection to the NFL's All-Decade Team of the 2010s.

Cox was a six-time Pro Bowler and earned one All-Pro selection. He was a human wrecking ball on the defensive line interior at the peak of his powers. Something the Washington Commanders and almost every other team found incredibly difficult to stop.

The Eagles - as is the case with most respectable football operations - started planning for Cox's retirement years ago. They drafted Jordan Davis and Jalen Carter out of Georgia to fill the void once the veteran called it quits. This should minimize the on-field production loss, although there's no substitute for his exceptional locker-room leadership.

Cox was an outstanding performer, but Father Time waits for no man. The Eagles will move on with their customary professionalism and purpose, which is something the Commanders must match to stand any chance of making a better go of things under their new regime.