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Eagles optimistic about LeSean McCoy extension

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Eagles running back LeSean McCoy’s rookie contract is up after this season, and his 2012 base salary is $615,000. It’s a paltry sum for a player who last year earned first-team All-Pro honors while leading the NFL in touchdowns.

McCoy was also the 2011 FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Year. (See picture.)

The Eagles previously had an extension offer on the table worth $6 million annually. That won’t cut it, but Paul Domowitch of the Philadelphia Daily News reports that “everybody involved” in the McCoy extension talks is optimistic an agreement will be consummated before training camp.

Per Domowitch, the Eagles “don’t want to push the envelope” with McCoy and risk another DeSean Jackson-type scenario. While McCoy is more levelheaded than Jackson and might not let contract talks affect his on-field performance, it’s still fair to wonder whether McCoy would skip offseason practices if no deal is reached. He’d have a lot to lose if an injury occurred.

The Eagles do plan to lighten McCoy’s workload a bit in 2012, in an effort to keep him more effective in the long run.

“We probably [used him] a little bit too much last year,” coach Andy Reid said. “Now, it worked out because of his youth and he was able to stay healthy. But as we go here, we need to spot him.”

The Eagles plan to have McCoy around long term. The inevitable next step in doing so is to sign him to a long-term deal.

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26 Responses to “Eagles optimistic about LeSean McCoy extension”
  1. derekjetersmansion says: Mar 31, 2012 5:39 PM

    I actually think they used him perfectly, considering he has little wear.

  2. steelerhypocrite says: Mar 31, 2012 5:40 PM

    For as good as McCoy is, he’s still underutilized. The Eagles are the only team in the NFL that if they have 1 and Goal from inside the 5, 100% of the time they attempt a pass on 1st down. The organization is cheap and stupid for not signing this guy to the contract he deserves.

    Andy Reid is a fat arrogant slob and his kids are idiots…as if you didn’t know.

  3. eaglesfan247 says: Mar 31, 2012 5:41 PM

    I’m still pissed about Peters

  4. jenniferxxx says: Mar 31, 2012 5:43 PM

    That’s odd … because $6 mil per year is right around the market rate for a top RB. It’s not a low-ball offer.

  5. sloiggles says: Mar 31, 2012 5:44 PM

    break the bank for Shady. His skill set is unattainable in the draft or free agency. He blocks well, catches, finds holes and can elude defenders in the open field. He should be paid top 5 back money. Let’s get it done Lurbanrosemanreid

  6. doe22us says: Mar 31, 2012 5:46 PM

    I can see him doing his td dance in the endzone, the guy is a good player.

  7. diegiantsdie says: Mar 31, 2012 5:49 PM

    Make him rich. Maclin too. We need they’re talent in the next few years. I just hope the office realizes that

  8. randallscrambles says: Mar 31, 2012 5:53 PM

    He deserves his pay day. Easily top 5 back

  9. stercuilus65 says: Mar 31, 2012 6:12 PM

    jenniferxxx says: Mar 31, 2012 5:43 PM

    That’s odd … because $6 mil per year is right around the market rate for a top RB. It’s not a low-ball offer.
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    It depends on how much money is guaranteed. If it’s six million a year guaranteed then yes that is ballpark.
    If it’s not guaranteed that puts him 2 mill behind Johnson, Peterson as well as Rice , Forte and Jackson and by this point he deserves Peterson money.

  10. 7to10for6allday says: Mar 31, 2012 6:27 PM

    He’ll get paid….eagles have djax as an example: you pay your playmakers and McCoy is top 3 right now in the league. They’ll get it done. #bleedgreenforlife

  11. jacksaysfu says: Mar 31, 2012 7:11 PM

    They’ll pay Shady and I truly believe both sides are close . As an Eagles fan im completely biased , but i think McCoy has the best moves in the NFL since Barry Sanders , sign him now !

  12. merc3375 says: Mar 31, 2012 7:14 PM

    Pay the man!

  13. armeniandelight4 says: Mar 31, 2012 7:43 PM

    “We probably [used him] a little bit too much?” I actually don’t think we used him enough! Our best team performance was the home game against Dallas when our offensive game plan was Shady-centric; he put the team on his back (I know, I know…cue the Greg Jennings references), took the pressure off of Vick who had a marvelous game, and the defense played better because we could sustain drives and keep them off of the field. One of the biggest reasons why we blew so many leads is because Reid chose to pass frequently, which led to shorter drives and giveaways, and therefore more scoring opportunities for the other team. Andy Reid is missing the mark once again.

  14. myvickinabox14 says: Mar 31, 2012 8:46 PM

    I love Shady

  15. o0omorriso0o says: Mar 31, 2012 9:13 PM

    steelerhypocrite says: Mar 31, 2012 5:40 PM

    For as good as McCoy is, he’s still underutilized. The Eagles are the only team in the NFL that if they have 1 and Goal from inside the 5, 100% of the time they attempt a pass on 1st down. The organization is cheap and stupid for not signing this guy to the contract he deserves.

    Andy Reid is a fat arrogant slob and his kids are idiots…as if you didn’t know.

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    What a classless post!!!

  16. andyreiddoublecheeseburger says: Mar 31, 2012 9:43 PM

    Aside from Fred Jackson, he may be the most underrated back in the league. He also has a penchant for strange sculptures (see pic)

  17. sbellare3 says: Mar 31, 2012 11:29 PM

    If he can still play behind our new left tackle then he’ll be worth every penny. I’m worried that losing Peters will really hurt the run game, though

  18. cameran0804 says: Apr 1, 2012 12:08 AM

    dumb eagles fans

  19. lbijake says: Apr 1, 2012 12:50 AM

    Lock up Shady and Maclin, Djax is already locked, then get a real qb. Vick is one hit away from being a disaster. Andy loves him some gimmick plays and that is the extent of Vick. They need to get back to old time football.

  20. krakyahead says: Apr 1, 2012 4:33 AM

    Pay the man his money hes Marshall Faulk Jr a complete back .

  21. myopinionmattersandyoursblows says: Apr 1, 2012 7:49 AM

    Imagine what McCoy could do if he played for a coach who knew how to run the ball in the 2nd half of games in which you were in the lead! Yes, Castillo’s D was awful in the beginning of the year; but if Fatman believed in the run then pehaps those 4th qtr losses wouldnt have happened!

  22. kenny328usa says: Apr 1, 2012 8:20 AM

    steelerhypocrite, first of all your a moron and you don’t have a clue what your talking about. Secondly go spew your anger on a steeler blog we don’t want or need your opinion and it’s not our fault that your team is old and washed up and your championship window has closed.

  23. downslide33 says: Apr 1, 2012 8:32 AM

    Underrated??? He’s a top 3 pick in every fantasy draft. Thats not underrated.

  24. oldbyrd says: Apr 1, 2012 8:46 AM

    For a change I totally agree. He is very effective and should not be worn to a frazzle. They certainly aren’t going to get rid of him so sign him. He is also an outstanding young man who is handling the situation very very well.

  25. rollore says: Apr 1, 2012 10:42 AM

    In 2010, he played an entire season with broken ribs. This guy’s tough as they come.

    When he was drafted by the Eagles in 2009, Pitt. U’s greatest RB quoted as McCoy being “Pitt’s greatest RB ever – even better than me!”

    And if you don’t know who that was, it was their Heisman Trophy winner – Tony Dorsett.

    Whatever it takes to sign him, be like Nike and JUST DO IT!

  26. derekjetersmansion says: Apr 1, 2012 11:44 AM

    Why do some of you want him to be Larry Johnson’d?

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