The Philadelphia Eagles will not have to worry about any contract drama during the 2012 season, as they locked up Pro Bowl running back LeSean McCoy to a five-year contract extension, keeping him with the Eagles through the 2017 season.
McCoy will make $45 million, including $20.765 million guaranteed. He is now the third highest paid running back in the National Football League.
He had a year left on his original four-year deal, which he signed after he was drafted by the Eagles late in the second round of the 2009 draft.
This past season, McCoy was one of the few bright spots on an Eagles squad that finished 8-8, a far cry from the Super Bowl aspirations they had before the season began.
McCoy led the NFL with 20 touchdowns, including 17 on the ground. Both were Eagles’ single-season records. He averaged 4.8 yards per carry, caught 48 passes for 315 yards, and fumbled just once. He was named the FedEx Ground Player of the Year.
Over his three seasons in the league, he has rushed 635 times for 3026 yards, an average of 4.8 yards per rush, with 28 touchdowns. He has caught 166 passes for 1215 yards and five touchdowns, and he’s fumbled just five times. He’s also been remarkably durable, playing in 46 of a possible 47 games (not counting the final game of the 2010 season when the Eagles rested all of their starters).
Following the end of the 2011 season, McCoy is fifth star player on the Eagles to sign a massive contract extension, joining wide receiver DeSean Jackson, offensive tackle Todd Herremans, offensive guard Evan Mathis, and defensive end Trent Cole.
Head coach Andy Reid released the following statement. “We are excited to continue this off-season of taking care of our own players. 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 [Eagles General Manager] Howie Roseman and Drew Rosenhaus for hammering out this deal.”
One of the more underlooked aspects of the McCoy deal is that the Eagles could not get it done until they shipped Pro Bowl cornerback Asante Samuel–and his huge contract–to the Atlanta Falcons. Even though the trade netted just a seventh round draft pick, it played a major role in helping to sign one of the best players on the Eagles.