After a short period of negotiations, the Philadelphia Eagles and star running back LeSean McCoy have come to terms that will keep the dynamic ball carrier in the Liberty City for the foreseeable future.
McCoy signed a 5-year, $45 million contract with Philadelphia, which includes $20.675 million in guaranteed money over the course of the deal. There was some question as the off-season started whether the Eagles would invest heavily in McCoy given other large contracts on the books, with Michael Vick and DeSean Jackson, but today’s commitment obviously puts those questions to rest and verifies how important McCoy is to the Eagles front office and ownership.
If healthy, LeSean McCoy has a chance to have a breakout season during the 2012 campaign. Both 2010 and 2011 were excellent years both carrying and catching the ball for the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania native and former Pittsburgh Panther, as he totalled 2,389 yards rushing, 907 yards receiving and 30 total touchdowns in regular season action.
There was little doubt during the 2011 season McCoy was one of the focal points of of a strong Eagles offensive unit which averaged 399.1 yards per game of total offense, with 142.2 yards per game coming on the ground. If McCoy can average 100-125 yards per game on the ground with consistency in 2012, the Eagles should be able to open up their passing game, and again be one of the top producing units not only in the NFC, but the NFL.
If Michael Vick can get back to 100% and DeSean Jackson shows up ready to play every Sunday, look for a Philadelphia team with a locked-in LeSean McCoy to make another run toward an NFC Championship this fall.