Eagles RB McCoy gets new deal through 2017
LeSean McCoy ran his way onto the short list of the best running
backs in the NFL. He can now stamp his name among the highest
McCoy and the Philadelphia Eagles agreed to a five-year contract
extension that runs through 2017. The deal is for a reported $45
million, with $20.765 million guaranteed.
McCoy set franchise records in 2011 with 17 touchdowns rushing,
and 20 total scores, while earning All-Pro and Pro Bowl honors. He
also led the NFL with 102 first downs and 48 runs of 10-plus yards,
while finishing as the league’s fourth-leading rusher with 1,309
”I love this team, and I’m kind of a hometown kid from
Harrisburg which is like an hour and a half away,” McCoy said
Thursday night. ”Nothing could be better than being here for the
long term. Once you kind of realize the feeling of wanting to be
here for the long term, we contacted the team and it was a mutual
feeling. So, it kicked off from there.”
In 2010, McCoy ranked fourth in the NFL with 1,672 yards from
scrimmage while leading all running backs with a career-high 78
Philadelphia had a disappointing 4-8 start last season, before
rallying with four straight wins to end the year. The Eagles did
not make the playoffs.
Usually called by childhood nickname, Shady, McCoy was
Philadelphia’s 2009 second-round draft pick out of Pittsburgh. He
has played in 46 games, with 32 starts, and has registered 4,241
yards from scrimmage.
”He does it all, so this isn’t a one-dimensional running
back,” coach Andy Reid said. ”This is a running back that can not
only carry the football for you but can catch the football as well
as the wide receivers and he can block and loves playing the game.
That brings great energy to this football team.”
He had one year left on his original four-year rookie
The Eagles already this offseason signed wide receiver DeSean
Jackson to a five-year contract that runs through 2016 and acquired
two-time Pro Bowl linebacker DeMeco Ryans from the Houston Texans.
They signed defensive end Trent Cole to a four-year extension
through 2017 and tackle Todd Herremans to a three-year extension
The Eagles believe they have the pieces in place to again become
contenders in the NFC. McCoy doesn’t turn 24 until July, giving the
Eagles hope they can get a full five years of use out of McCoy,
even at a rugged position like running back.
”It’s exciting because we are trying to build for the long
term,” Eagles general manager Howie Roseman said. ”We’re trying
to bring a championship to the city of Philadelphia and we’re going
to do whatever we can to do that, but on the same token, we’re
going to try and keep building it and sustain some success. Keeping
him here is a big piece of that.”
McCoy now his name up there with Adrian Peterson, Chris Johnson,
Steven Jackson and DeAngelo Williams as one of the highest-paid
running backs. Minnesota’s Peterson signed a $100 million,
seven-year contract before last season. Johnson signed a $53.5
million contract extension worth $30 million guaranteed with
Tennessee before last season.
”I’m just honored to be in the range financially with those
guys,” McCoy said.
McCoy ran for 2,731 yards in his two seasons, and posted 38
total touchdowns at Pitt.