Riley Cooper was recently given a shiny new five-year, $25 million deal. That is a pretty penny for a guy who has only truly had one productive season as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles.
Now there is some reason for that. This was his first season where he was given substantial playing time and he clearly had a rapport with budding star quarterback Nick Foles. With stability at the QB position, Cooper thrived despite some offseason controversy. His size and ability to win jump balls on the outside is a great complement to the diminutive DeSean Jackson who can stretch the field with the best of them.
My money is on Cooper having a productive season in 2014 and beyond with a full offseason with Foles at the helm and all his distractions behind him.
The Eagles really strengthened their receiving corps by also re-upping Jeremy Maclin to a one-year pact. Much like the Denver Broncos, the Eagles feature multiple weapons that can beat you in a variety of ways, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they added further to the receiver position in a loaded 2014 draft class.
For now the Eagles are taking care of their own. Nick Foles will certainly have plenty of weapons to work with and a premier offensive line that is locked up for the near future protecting him.
The offense for the most part is set to go. Now comes the real challenge. Howie Roseman must be aggressive in adding real talent to the defensive side of the football, particularly at safety where they are really thin and lack functional talent. Expect Roseman to be on the lookout in both free agency and the draft to upgrade safety and the secondary as a whole.
One step at a time, though. For now the Eagles assured themselves of having one potent offense in 2014.