Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy had a monster season in 2011 in which he became one of the elite running backs in the NFL. Now, he understandably wants to be paid as such. McCoy finished the regular season 4th in the league in rushing yards with 1,309 while averaging 4.8 yards per carry. In addition, he scored 17 rushing touchdowns and added 3 receiving touchdowns. He accomplished all of this while only fumbling once.
McCoy is in the final season of his rookie contract and is set to earn a meager $615,000 this year. As a comparison, the leagues highest paid back, Chris Johnson will be making an average of $13.4 million with a base of $8 million in 2012. Johnson finished last season with 1,047 yards and 11 touchdowns. Arian Foster, who finished just behind McCoy in rushing yards, recently signed a 5 year, $43.5 million deal with the Houston Texans.
In an offseason that has seen the Eagles intent on locking up their young, talented players, McCoy almost seems to have fallen by the wayside. Dynamic, yet ostensibly unstable wide receiver DeSean Jackson recently inked a 5 year $45 million contract with Philadelphia. McCoy has been much more consistent in his production and has not been the headache in the locker room that Jackson has, either.
In a recent interview, Eagles head coach Andy Reid said of the contract talks with the talented young running back: “He and I talked. I can’t share (all of) that with everybody, but I will tell you it is heading in the right direction. That’s all I can tell you”. Reid also said that the organization wants to show McCoy just how valuable he is to the team, and one can only imagine that proof will come in the form of dollar signs.
All signs point to McCoy working out a deal with Philadelphia that will pay him as one of the elite running backs in the NFL, which is what he deserves. The details are still being worked out, but Eagles fans should feel comfortable in the fact that they will be seeing McCoy in a Philly uniform for several years to come.