Eagles extend RB McCoy

Posted May 17, 2012 @ 6:43 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

The Eagles announced a five-year contract extension for RB LeSean McCoy on Thursday evening.

The back is entering his fourth NFL season and is now signed with Philly through 2017. He would have been a free agent following the 2012 campaign.

In his three seasons McCoy has 3,026 rushing yards, 28 rushing scores, 166 receptions and five receiving touchdowns. Last season, he rushed for 1,309 yards, good for fourth in the NFL, and 17 touchdowns, which led the league.

According to Pro Football Talk, the five-year deal is worth $45 million with $20.765 million fully guaranteed.

“We are excited to continue this offseason of taking care of our own players,” said head coach Andy Reid. “LeSean is one of the most electrifying running backs in the National Football League. He can do it all — run, catch, block and score touchdowns from anywhere on the field. He’s worked extremely hard to turn himself into a Pro Bowl running back and he is well-deserving of this contract extension. I give a lot of credit to Howie Roseman and Drew Rosenhaus for hammering out this deal.”

The way we see it

McCoy is one of the league’s top young backs, and his dual-threat skill set as a runner and a receiver is hard to stop in the Eagles’ offense. Locking McCoy up this soon was a good move by the Eagles, especially with some uncertainty about Michael Vick’s future and the need to have a playmaker in that backfield.

It’s also noteworthy that two top backs, Ray Rice and Matt Forté, remain without new deals, and this is another contract to set the market in their respective contract negotiations.