The Philadelphia Eagles are looking to avoid a repeat of the disastrous 2011 season, and Thursday went a long way in doing so.
Eagles and LeSean McCoy have agreed on new contract, per league source.— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) May 17, 2012
Jason La Canfora of NFL Network was able to confirm the details of the new deal:
5 year extension for LeSean McCoy is worth max $45mil. $20,765,000 true guarantee— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) May 17, 2012
This is a terrific move by the Eagles.
McCoy, 23, is coming off a year when he ran for 1,309 yards and had 17 TDs on the ground, with another 315 yards and three TDs receiving. Despite carrying the ball 273 times and catching 48 passes, he only lost one fumble. His 17 rushing TDs were tops in the NFL.
There is no doubt he was the best running back in 2011.
He’s incredibly productive and still very young, and the team is in win-now mode—it had to give McCoy this extension.
It was rumored McCoy would consider holding out if he didn’t receive a better deal than the rookie contract he signed back in 2009, and it looked like another contract distraction was going to plague training camp.
The Eagles had to do this to avoid the headache that DeSean Jackson became last year, when he held out for a large chunk of camp trying to get a new deal. It was a rather distracting development that ended with Jackson having a down year.
That won’t be a problem with McCoy.
Normally, giving a running back a huge extension is incredibly risky (cough, Chris Johnson, cough), but this is different. McCoy is 23, doesn’t have a history of injuries and has shown no signs of effort issues.
This is a great move for all parties involved—a rarity in today’s NFL.