Reid says contract talks with McCoy are “heading in the right direction”

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Eagles coach Andy Reid may be intent on giving running back LeSean McCoy fewer touches in 2012, but the guy who runs the football operation in Philly also seems determined to give McCoy more money.

Said Reid in an interview with 97.5 The Fanatic, via SportsRadioInterviews.com through CSNPhilly.com (yes, sometimes giving credit sounds like a draft pick that has been traded by multiple teams), “I can’t share [details] with everybody, but I will tell you it is heading in the right direction.  That’s all I can tell you.”

That’s a lot more than the Eagles ordinarily will tell anyone about contract discussions with a player.

But there’s more.
“He knows we appreciate him and we are working through those negotiations and I think good things will happen,” Reid said.

Even if things are “heading in the right direction,” getting to the place where “good things . . . happen” could be a challenge in light of the current veteran running back market.  Two guys (Adrian Peterson and Chris Johnson) have gotten huge money, one guy (Arian Foster) has gotten really good money, a couple of others (Matt Forte and Ray Rice) are trying their damnedest to get something between really good and huge money, and everyone else gets paid at best like a pretty good kicker.

McCoy reasonably could attempt to get into Peterson/Johnson territory, but the Eagles have the leverage that comes from a $615,000 salary in 2012 and a franchise tag in 2012 that may not be much more than the $7.7 million it currently is.  The question is whether the Eagles will use that leverage, if McCoy aims as high as he plausibly can.

23 responses to “Reid says contract talks with McCoy are “heading in the right direction”

  1. Such a great talent is McCoy but I repeat with Reid and QB#7, it’s like a dead end for the surrounding talent, brother.

  2. I’m thinking slightly higher than Arian Foster price range. Don’t give him CJ money, his wallet will drag him down.

  3. The closest player to Barry Sanders (not saying he’s better) , but Lesean’s moves are incredible. Shady’s cuts & tackle breaking ability (best RB in NFL at breaking tackles) are ridiculous & McCoy needs to get signed asap . Not many people could replace Brian Westbrook in the Eagles offense , but Lesean did it seamlessly..

  4. For those of us who live near Philly we know that is a typical Andy Reid response. He speaks a lot but says nothing.

  5. Florio, if you’re going to mention running backs making ridiculous money, don’t forget about DeAngelo Williams – one of two guys (Charles Johnson being the other) that the Panthers WAY overpaid for right after the CBA was signed.

  6. McCoy rules, maybe the best 53rd pick in the draft ever, maybe the best RB in the NFL today (stressing the maybe), but I’m still not one of the people who has EVER seen ANYONE who makes me say “close to Barry Sanders.”

  7. Eagles contend that they are a passing and not a running team, therefore they don’t owe him Peterson money. Yet, the Eagles ran the ball right up there with the Vikes and Texans last year when Shady accumulated big totals. So now you pay the man what he’s worth, not according to how much you plan to use him in 2012 esp. when you expect to water down the running game. But, that’s our penny pinching Eagles.

  8. I love the “penny pinching” comment, look at the amount of money they spent last year, all the players they resigned this year, and we all know they’ll back the brinks truck up for Shady…. Enough with the hate. They might not always spend money wisely, but they spend a lot of it…. Can’t fault them for being smart negotiators….

  9. @tombrookshire

    Do you have a reference to this, “Eagles contend that they are a passing and not a running team, therefore they don’t owe him Peterson money”? I have seen a number of writers contend that the Eagles won;t pay him AP money, but when did the team say this?

    “So now you pay the man what he’s worth, not according to how much you plan to use him in 2012 esp. when you expect to water down the running game. But, that’s our penny pinching Eagles.”

    I didn’t hear the Eagles say they want to water down the running game. They want to give McCoy fewer touches in order to extend his career. To help in that endeavor, they have brought in a couple rookies RBs (and Ronnie Brown last year although that didn’t work out.) Also, part of the contract negotiation does involve how you want to use a guy. As for penny pinching, I just saw them give DeSean Jackson a pretty nice contract.

  10. With Peters out I hope they give McCoy less touches. Peters is the best LT in the NFL and was a major factor in the sucess of the run game last year. McCoy deserves the coin for sure though.

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