Eagles sign LeSean McCoy to five-year, $45 million contract

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After a relatively quiet negotiation, the Philadelphia Eagles and LeSean McCoy have struck a deal on a big-time contract extension.

The Eagles have announced that McCoy has agreed to terms on a new deal, and a league source tells PFT’s Mike Florio that it’s a five-year, $45 million contract, which goes through the 2017 season, with $20.765 in full guarantees.

McCoy is coming off back-to-back outstanding seasons. Last year he carried 273 times for 1,309 yards and 17 touchdowns, plus another 48 catches for 315 yards through the air. In 2010 he carried 207 times for 1,080 yards and seven touchdowns, plus 78 catches for 592 yards. In his two seasons as a starter he has averaged 5.0 yards a carry and scored 29 total touchdowns.

At just 23 years old, McCoy has a good chance of remaining at the top of his game for his entire five-year contract — rare for an NFL running back getting a long-term deal. Not many NFL running backs are able to cash in on lucrative long-term contracts anymore, but McCoy’s is a contract that could work out well for both sides.

UPDATE: The contract includes a signing bonus of $8.5 million and base salaries of $615,000 in 2012, $3.25 million in 2013, $8 million in 2014, $10.25 million in 2015, $7.15 million in 2016 and $7.85 million in 2017.

108 responses to “Eagles sign LeSean McCoy to five-year, $45 million contract

  1. Glad to see the Eagles finally learning how to take care of someone’s contract before it gets messy.

  2. I called it! I said on this site before that this wouldn’t be an issue and the Eagles would be signing him before the year started!

  3. That’s how it’s done; sign them for 5 years when they’re 23-25 and they’ll still be in their prime at the end the contract. Smart move Eagles.

  4. I’m ecstatic about this. One of the best and brightest in the game, and still has many years ahead of him. Great draft pick, great signing

  5. Congrats kid, you earned it and have set the standard for new running backs goals that enter the league

  6. “Yeah.. Thats great Howie, but is Kurt Coleman and Nate Allen gonna win the superbowl for us?”

  7. Happy Mother’s Week! …All kidding aside, great job by the Eagles to reward LeSean.

  8. really rg3 talks already? dude hasn’t played a snap in the nfl yet. typical redskins fan thinking one person will be their savior. Haha good luck, way to get shadys contract done!

  9. phillyphever says: May 17, 2012 6:32 PM

    Glad to see the Eagles finally learning how to take care of someone’s contract before it gets messy.
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    You must not have been an Eagles fan very long. Look at what they did with people just 5 years ago when they’d sign their linemen and CB’s to deals for 7+ years with a big up front bonus and low salaries that after 3 years the players wanted to tear up and get a new one. Signing guys BEFORE it got messy caused them more of a mess down the line.

  10. This move just eliminated the Cowboys from the playoffs and got Mike Shanahan fired from Washington. The Eagles and Giants are the contenders in the NFC East while the Cowboys and Giants will be watching the playoffs while preparing for the draft in January.
    I guess the Eagles learned from Desean Jackson last season. Good job and thanks for keeping your word and paying your players. I hope the Bears take notes and pay Matt Forte.

  11. Honestly, why do people think we give a crap that you “called it”. It was common sense that the eagles were trying to extend him. Andy Reid commented on it several times. You weren’t going out on a limb “calling it”. Dumb way to get your jollies

  12. Way to go SHADY!!! Thank god the Eagles learned something from the DJax prob. Now go resign Maclin and I’d consider it one of the best off seasons the Eagles have ever had!

  13. But Andy Reid and Michael Cainine = Deadend. It’s like throwing cash into a bottomless pit. Forever Ringless, brither.

  14. Anyone else notice that this deal is clearly 6 years?

    1. 2012
    2. 2013
    3. 2014
    4. 2015
    5. 2016
    6. 2017

    Where did “5-year deal” come from? What idiot did that math? So it averages $7.5 mil/year, not $9 mil/year, which makes more sense.

  15. bonato55 says:
    May 17, 2012 6:33 PM
    I called it! I said on this site before that this wouldn’t be an issue and the Eagles would be signing him before the year started!

    Yeah you did I remember! Man u broke that news nugget along with most Eagles fans. O_o

  16. When a Giants fan come on here and talks smack then all we can do is tip our cap to them and move on, but when a clown like skinsrollyou tries to talk smack, it’s just too hilarious. When your team actually becomes relevant for the first time this Millennium let us know. Great job Eagles, worth every penny!

  17. He’s really guaranteed $8.5 million, not $20 million. He’ll never see the salaries in 2014 or 2015. The deal will be restructured, like all NFL deals are. Where are they getting $20 million in guarantees?

  18. @skinsrollyou: How can redskin fans talk trash ?,your team has finished in last place 4 YEARS in a row . Oh & by the way your talking to the defensive line that’s led the league in sacks last year with Cole,Babin,Jenkins,Patterson,Dixon,Tapp,Landri,Graham and hunt , and now we added Cox,Kendricks,Curry & Boykins to the D . In other words , enjoy finishing beneath every team again for the 5th straight year !

  19. sparty – the deal the Bears offered Forte appears to be better than this one. Their guarantees came to $14 million. This deal guarantees $8.5 million with some Monopoly money thrown on the end of the deal to make it sound better than it really is. Do you really think they intend on paying him $7 million (a straight cap hit, unlike a bonus) in 2016 and 2017?

  20. People can hate on Philly , but at least give em credit for amazing cap management . They sign whoever they want whenever they want & always have ca$h to $pare

  21. The deal sounds perfect to me. Shady is a beast and is frightening to think that he might improve this year. Good on the front office for not pulling teeth and dragging this out, showing much love to #25.

    “I’m young, I’m handsome, I’m fast, I’m pretty, and can’t POSSIBLY BE BEAT!”
    -Ali

  22. Eagle fans are silly. They better hope the Eagles win this year because the Redskins are back baby. And, it is not just one player, they’ve rebuilt the team.

  23. Where’s your smart mouth now, Osi Umenyiora?

    Jeez you’d think if you played as big as you talked then you’d be the one getting the big multi-million-dollar contract… you know, the one you’ve been whining about for the past three years.

  24. Giants’ fan here. Great signing by Philly. I effin’ hate this jive turkey punk arse bitach but I recognize that he’s probably the best back in the game and without him the Eagles are a 5 win team. Should be fun to see him running from JPP for the next 5 years (hopefully they both stay healthy).

  25. dalucks says: May 17, 2012 6:55 PM

    This move just eliminated the Cowboys from the playoffs and got Mike Shanahan fired from Washington. The Eagles and Giants are the contenders in the NFC East while the Cowboys and Giants will be watching the playoffs while preparing for the draft in January.
    I guess the Eagles learned from Desean Jackson last season. Good job and thanks for keeping your word and paying your players. I hope the Bears take notes and pay Matt Forte.

    ___________________________________

    Yes, exactly. Just like last year, right?

    You guys have it all figured out.

  26. A nice move by the Eagles. Quite a contrast between Philadelphia and New England/New Orleans with the way they handle their vets. The DeSean Jackson mess last year was understandable because he is such a complete twit.

  27. Where’s all the people who think Forte should have signed that 6 year 32mill 13 mill guaranteed offer ?

  28. Yeah, I wonder what this does for forte and rice. Do they want similar? Or do they want better? I honestly don’t think either are better backs. If anything, I think Chicago should duplicate this offer and leave it at that if forte says no

  29. If he continues to get 325 touches a year (plus all the hits he takes trying to protect his QB), he won’t last anymore than 2 or 3 years of this contract. It’s not just the age anymore. It’s also the number of hits absorbed.

  30. Now you’re going to hear DeSean Jackson crying because McCoy got more guaranteed money. So much for a drama free Eagles training camp.

  31. Where are all the haters who said the eagles have no cap room and won’t be able to reup shady? Crickets…

  32. @burgundyandgold : Redskins fans are Clowns . Go 1 year without finishing in last place and then & only then can your dress wearing fans even consider trash talking ANY team . Till then just be grateful that you guy’s haven’t been kicked out of the league for constant sucking . All kidding aside I love the Redskins , you guy’s are 2 guaranteed victories every year ! P.S. no one’s scared of your rookie QB

  33. “Shoulda saved that money for someone who can tackle RGIII”

    Doesn’t matter……..The Redskins are so bad that RG3 won’t make much difference. He’ll be running for his life the whole time.

  34. best signing they’ve done in the last 5 years.. just my opinion.. the guy is a beast… closest thing ive seen to sanders.. only time will tell if he can come close to him.

  35. Shad Khan, Gene Smith….do you see how this works? Give Mojo what he deserves now!

  36. The signing bonus and the salaries for the first three years add up to about $20 million, so I’m guessing the first three years’ salary is guaranteed. With the inflated salary numbers after that, this probably amounts to a 3 year/$20 million deal, and I’m more than good with that. Great deal for everyone!

  37. With the market for running backs being what it is, they will either redo the last 3 years or cut him for a low cap hit. He’s a great back but today’s NFL just isn’t paying what is used to. Eagles have done really well with the cap for him regarding this season and next plus both sides have the peace have not having to negotiate for two years.

  38. osi would say somthing on his twitter account but he can’t see his twitter account wit that bling he got wednesday night ring ring!feel me!!!!!

  39. The 2012 contract is actually the last year of his rookie contract so it is a 5 year deal.

  40. Well I definitely wont be picking him in my fantasy league this year. (see Chris Johnson)

    This would be funny if there was a holdout all the way to the start of the season.

  41. @yohochecko,

    This was a 5 year EXTENSION, as stated in the first paragraph of the story. McCoy is still finishing out 2012 with his previous contract, so the extension is, indeed, 5 years.

    I am not an Eagles fan, but this kid deserves every penny. He is a class act on every level, and the Eagles absolutely did the right thing giving him an extension.

    If he can stay healthy, he has every chance of getting to the combined 2000 yards. He was a beast last year. Dallas held him to 35 yards in their last meeting, and I expect more of the same this season with the improvements at LB through FA with Connor, a fully healthy Bruce Carter, and the drafting of Wilber.

  42. @ yohochecko

    Reading comprehension 101- and I quote
    “…the Philadelphia Eagles and LeSean McCoy have struck a deal on a big-time contract extension.”

    2012 is the final year of his current contract.

  43. he will get hurt and be lost for the season by game 4, or he will not go over 1000 yards for the rest of his career. u name it!

  44. As a life long eagle fan, I’m excited…..just ready for the season! Well done, well deserved! McCoy easily a top 3 RB in the league.

  45. The Eagles are finally taking care of their own..They are very serious contenders and wrapping up players(good players)for years to come.We as fans just might see a trophy in the case really soon.This is the first i have seen from the Eagles front office really digging in deep.Something special and long over due is about to happen for the Eagles.Great move.

  46. @jakek2 says:
    May 17, 2012 7:27 PM
    Giants’ fan here. Great signing by Philly. I effin’ hate this jive turkey punk arse bitach but I recognize that he’s probably the best back in the game and without him the Eagles are a 5 win team. Should be fun to see him running from JPP for the next 5 years (hopefully they both stay healthy).

    Finally a trash talking giants fan that actually is a true fan of football.I hate the giants with all my heart,But they are the Champs and you have to respect that.This year things are gonna be differnt in the Beast.
    1) Eagles 12-4
    2)Dallas 10-6
    3)Giants 9-7
    4)Washington 4-12

  47. Congrats to LeSean McCoy!!!! All the top players are givin shout outs on twitter. He’s earned his cash. I’m very excited about this season!!!!!

    Philly is having a great offseason. Hopefully they can play 4 quarters each game now.

  48. SHADY!!!!!! GREAT SIGNING BIRDS!!! LET GO GET IT!!! ONLT 2 RUNNING BACKS IN THIS LEAGUE GOT KILLER MOVES ON THE FIELD. SHADY AND FORTE! I HOPE THE BEARS GIVE FORTE WHAT HE DESERVES!!! #25CUT_ON_A_DIME SON!!!!!

  49. Osi wishes he was getting paid like Shady. Shady ain’t there yet, but he’s closing in on Westbrook-level in Philly, which is pretty high to us Eagles fans.

  50. To all the Philly fans mocking Osi’s contract, you do realize he is the final year of a seven year, $41 million dollar deal, don’t you? Yes, McCoy’s contract pays more – in theory -but he has to finish the next six years to see it all. Osi has already received $37 million. McCoy will have to finish the 2016 season on Philly’s roster to see the same money Osi already has. I’m not wishing the guy harm, but that’s a lot of hits for a RB to absorb between now and then. Eagles have a tendency to get all they can out of guy and then let him go. No guarantee McCoy will ever see the money Osi has already made. Aside from that, good signing. The guy is the heart of your team.

  51. Wow reading all these post one would think the Dream Team will be back in vogue.

    Good signing and let’s hope he stays healthy because without him Philly isn’t going anywhere and it will be the same old song.

  52. That’s great news for McCoy & for the Eagles!!!

    This is EXACTLY the same type of deal that Matt Forte is looking for and deserves, especially after playing 3 years soooo underpaid!! I’ll bet that if the Bears put a deal together slotting Forte just behind or just ahead of what Shady just got and Matt would be on the next flight, sign that thing with the biggest permanent marker he could find & say “Let’s Get To Work”!!!

    Bears win 2 rings in the next 4 years!!

  53. Good move by Philly. Hopefully this helps get Ray Rice locked up as both him and McCoy are similar players in terms of production, skill and style of play. Both are excellent runners as well as excellent recievers. Out of every offensive player in the NFL today I bet they are the two that most keep defensive coordinators up at night. They have that Brian Westbrook ability to line up at both WR and RB that defenses fear.

  54. Eagle fans are.so jealous of the rest of the East. since they have never won anything, they are always the bride’s maid and never the bride. The East has the most lombardi’s, yet 0 from philly. Suck it losers… Redskins > Philly. Dream team!

  55. The Eagles should be kicked out of the NFC East for.failure to contribute a single Lombardi. Losers….

  56. @dalucks

    What a fool, how does this move give the eagles the division? I respect the hell out of McCoy but you must be delusional….McCoy had over 1,600 yards from scrimmage and you guys were lucky to finish 8-8!! Your defense is overrated and Mike Vick is your quarterback. 8-8 again this year…Love McCoy but the Birds STINK!!!! lol

  57. I know my last post made it seem like jealousy ,but it is not.I love the Eagles and hate the giants as it should be,and i cant stand the fact that they won the superbowl with a 9-7 record,they were not even close to best team status.thats why they should atleast make the superbowl best of 3..if not the whole playoffs.I am a NFL fan first and foremost.And way to many of my 45 years as a fan we see a team get lucky in the play-offs and win a superbowl when in the real world they shouldnt of made the play-offs.Allot of crap helped NYG win this year.10-6 falcons had to play at 9-7 NYG,philbins son died days before the game,affected the whole team,9ers muffed 2 punts,and patriots cant beat the giants.and poof just like that,NYG wins a superbowl.the only thing it was good for was the NYGs and fans no-one else.

  58. i live in jersey and even the giants fans here say they got really lucky this year.9-7?losing conference record and 3-3 in division.skins beat them twice.LOL…Nfl is the only sport that has a 1 game championship,and where a team with a 12-4 record doesnt make the playoffs but an 8-8 team does.Because of their division….Now that to me people is a joke..I love football,but they need to stop making it into a flag football game and have more concern over the play-off picture,so things like this dont happen again.even college football the 2 best teams play for the big prize.

  59. And the Eagles still have the most cap space in the league. They are going to have a lot of money to spend next year when they roll over their cap space.

  60. As a Giant fan LeSean McCoy now has 45 million reasons why he doesn’t need an apology from Osi. Shame shame Osi, should’ve kept your mouth shut. I really hope LeSean comes back with crafty tweet.

  61. @ ackid47: you forgot to mention the Welker drop! i’m glad someone else shares the truth! Luckiest SB run ever! It’s not about hate, it’s the truth! Plus they were the worse team statistically in history to win! I hope the birds are motivated next year and just take each game at a time and execute during the critical moments of the game. Go Birds!

  62. Eagles fans are dumb. If I’m correct this same guy was on the team and they didn’t make the playoffs last year. Their too dumb to understand that as long as Vick is there, they have 0 chance at a super bowl. ZERO!!!!!!

  63. ackid47 says: May 18, 2012 1:43 AM

    i live in jersey and even the giants fans here say they got really lucky this year.9-7?losing conference record and 3-3 in division.skins beat them twice.LOL…Nfl is the only sport that has a 1 game championship,and where a team with a 12-4 record doesnt make the playoffs but an 8-8 team does.Because of their division….Now that to me people is a joke..I love football,but they need to stop making it into a flag football game and have more concern over the play-off picture,so things like this dont happen again.even college football the 2 best teams play for the big prize.
    ___________________________________

    So now the system, that’s been in place for as long as we’ve been alive, is flawed because your division rival went on a run, and got it done when it mattered?

    Could you be anymore jealous?

    Put on the Giants Superbowl Championship DVD and watch the highlights – then tell me everything was luck.

    You sound pathetic and soft. Show up and play well when it matters most.

  64. For anyone who replied to my comment:

    I’m well aware of what an extension means. However, the headline of this article says “5-year contract,” which is technically incorrect. Furthermore, the 5-year extension is not worth $45 million. The new, 6-year deal is worth $45 million. Shady is being payed an $8.5 million signing bonus in 2012, and the contract includes 2012, and that signing bonus will be spread over 6 years, not over 5.

    So it is a 6-year deal. Using the length of the extension with the total dollar amount of the total deal is a trick agents use to make the average annual salary sound bigger. All I’m saying is that McCoy will make $45 million over 6 years, so his average annual salary is $7.5. It is NOT $9 million per year, as using the 5-years with the $45 million figure would imply.

  65. derekjetersmansion says:
    May 18, 2012 9:05 AM
    Anyone think this deal is too backloaded? He’ll be near 30 (not 25) and pretty used up once the big money hits.

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    He is 23 now. This deal expires when he is 29.

    He gets a large portion in the first 3 years of the deal.

    How is it too backloaded? And how will he be pretty used up by 26 or 27?

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