The Philadelphia Eagles have made a distinct philosophy shift this offseason by securing key members on their current roster. The latest was the much deserved contract extension of pro-bowl halfback LeSean McCoy. LeSean McCoy now joins wide receiver DeSean Jackson, offensive tackle Todd Herremans, offensive guard Evan Mathis, and defensive end Trent Cole as the fifth player to sign sizable contract extensions.
McCoy’s five year extension is worth $45 million, including $20,765,000 guaranteed. Entering the last year of his four year rookie contract, McCoy was slated to earn $615,00. The new deal positions McCoy as the third highest paid running back in the NFL behind Minnesota Vikings Adrian Peterson and Tennessee Titans Chris Johnson.
During the 2011 campaign, McCoy compiled 1309 rushing yards on 4.8 yards per carry, along with 17 rushing touchdowns. McCoy also caught 48 balls for 315 yards with three touchdowns. Last season, LeSean McCoy eclipsed the Philadelphia Eagles single season touchdown record with a total of 20. In fact, McCoy is the only player in NFL history with 3,000 rushing yards, 150 catches and a 4.8 rushing average in his first three seasons.
In the modern NFL, running backs typically have a short shelf life. LeSean McCoy is young enough (24 years old entering the 2012 season) to produce at a high level for the duration of the four year extension. More importantly, LeSean will continue to make the Eagles a more balanced offense.
The decision to ink LeSean McCoy, DeSean Jackson, Todd Herremans, Evan Mathis and Trent Cole has provided me with a new found optimism in the Eagles front office to “do the right thing”. That statement, alone, shocks me.