Trying to avoid a calamitous contract situation with a star player once again, the Philadelphia Eagles made a nice stride in ensuring stability in 2012-2013.
According to Pro Football Talk and Jason Canfora, the Eagles announced today that running back LeSean McCoy is receiving a five-year, $46.5 million extension on his contract with $20.765 million guaranteed.
Previously, McCoy was only making $615,000 through his rookie contract, tied for 37th in the league at his position. You might remember me writing an article a month ago discussing why the Eagles needed to get this deal done, and it seems Jeffrey Lurie and Andy Reid came to their senses following the DeSean Jackson fallout.
McCoy, coming off of a career year, is now locked up until 2017 with no chance of a holdout, which he was considering if he wasn’t paid more money. Now the Eagles will have his 1309 rushing yards, 215 receiving yards, and 20 total touchdowns for the long-term, meaning this offense will remain as explosive as ever. Not only does McCoy have game-breaking speed and agility, but his willingness to fight for extra yards, his pass-catching ability, his team spirit and his youth make this deal a no-brainer: some people rank LeSean as the best player on the team, forget best future star.
This move clearly happened this early and in such a decisive manner because of the issues that occurred with DeSean Jackson last season, where he was a locker room poison and an underwhelming on-the-field receiver. His absence most likely caused Philly to miss the playoffs, and they simply couldn’t avoid another situation like that in what has been called the Year of Reckoning for both Andy Reid and Michael Vick.
Signing McCoy caps off a draft and transactions period that leaves Eagles fans optimistic; not only did the Eagles address glaring needs (Fletcher Cox – DT, DeMeco Ryans – MLB, Mychal Kendricks – OLB, and Nick Foles – Future QB), but they also made an effort to stay loyal to their own stars such as McCoy, Jackson, Trent Cole, Evan Mathis, and Todd Herremans.
The Giants, Packers, and 49ers should all be thinking the same thing: the fight is back in the City of Brotherly Love.