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Riley Cooper comes a long way in six months

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Six months ago, receiver Riley Cooper’s future in Philadelphia was tenuous at best.  Some wondered whether in the wake of his use of a racial slur at a Kenny Chesney concert whether any other team would embrace him.

Instead, Cooper took a short break from the Eagles and, after he returned, the issue quickly died.  Then, Cooper’s career came alive.

On the brink of hitting the open market, Cooper has signed a deal worth, per a league source, up to $25 million over five years.  A small amount of that total comes from escalators, so the base value is less than $25 million.

Of the amount, $10 million is guaranteed.  Specifically, Cooper gets a $4 million signing bonus, $4 million in base salary guaranteed for skill, injury, and salary cap ($1 million is fully guaranteed in 2014 and $3 million is fully guaranteed in 2015).  Of his total salary of $4 million in 2015, $1 million is guaranteed for injury only.  Also, $1 million of his 2016 salary is currently guaranteed for injury only.  The injury guarantees convert to a fully guaranteed amounts in March of 2015 and 2016, respectively.

While the deal isn’t a blockbuster, it comes at a time when more than 50 receivers are poised to flood the market.  Other teams were interested in Cooper, but may have had concerns about the incident from 2013 and the issues relating to absorbing Cooper into a new locker room.

In Philly, the locker room already has gotten past the incident, and the team realizes that he can make significant contributions in Chip Kelly’s offense.

Even if the Eagles re-sign receiver Jeremy Maclin, both Maclin and Cooper will get plenty of playing time, given that Kelly uses three wideouts roughly 80 percent of the time.  Cooper’s $5 million average likewise confirms that DeSean Jackson remains far and away the lead dog of the receiving corps, with a salary in 2014 of $10.5 million.

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19 Responses to “Riley Cooper comes a long way in six months”
  1. drsportsjock says: Feb 27, 2014 10:15 AM

    I will fight every commenter on here

  2. aaronfraudgers says: Feb 27, 2014 10:15 AM

    He seemed to enjoy playing with Foles alot more than he did with Vick. I wonder why that is?

  3. tvguy22 says: Feb 27, 2014 10:19 AM

    Because Vick isn’t a very good QB?

  4. seatownballers says: Feb 27, 2014 10:20 AM

    Maclin to the jets?

  5. bobleblah says: Feb 27, 2014 10:24 AM

    The City of Brotherly Love

  6. thepftprodigy says: Feb 27, 2014 10:30 AM

    Riley Cooper will emerge as the top WR in the NFL this season!!

  7. jbeagles23 says: Feb 27, 2014 10:50 AM

    Maclins going to re up in Philly on the one year deal. You do not sign a one year deal to prove yourself with the jets.

  8. praetorian12 says: Feb 27, 2014 11:02 AM

    Who would you rather have: Riley Cooper or Golden Tate? What does Cooper’s < $5M a year mean for Tate?

  9. thestrategyexpert says: Feb 27, 2014 11:16 AM

    That’s just too much for him, 47 receptions? I had no problem forgiving him and giving him a second chance, but to give him $5MM per year is offensive. Unless he pulls down twice as many catches next year.

  10. kevpft says: Feb 27, 2014 11:31 AM

    Cooper caught a lot of passes in six months.

  11. laxman1944 says: Feb 27, 2014 11:45 AM

    Good move, he knows Chip’s system already and keeps continuity on offense.

    NOW go fix the other side of the ball.

  12. ajgreenhof says: Feb 27, 2014 11:57 AM

    I like Riley Cooper!

    Everyone should be forgiven for there mistakes.

  13. thatsjustchipper says: Feb 27, 2014 12:35 PM

    Also, in the question of who you’d rather have: I’ll take Cooper over Golden Tate any day, and twice on Sunday.

  14. Youknowimright says: Feb 27, 2014 1:20 PM

    Kelce, cooper, and peters. 3 terrible contracts.

  15. gmfw7 says: Feb 27, 2014 1:20 PM

    no, this doesn’t mean maclin to the jets. word here in philly is that maclin is close to resigning as well. and to toot my own horn a bit, i commented yesterday that the birds should sign cooper to a $5 mil a year contract (i said 4 years instead of 5) and that they should guarantee the first two years, which is exactly what they did. hopefully my predicition continues to come to fruition and maclin is signed by tomorrow or saturday. now they need to look hard at secondary help and maybe a splash signing of an OLB like orakpo or ware if dallas cuts him. the scary thing is a WR is probably going to be the highest value pick for them in the 1st round so that core might be even better come training camp.

  16. jbink2585 says: Feb 27, 2014 1:23 PM

    People looking at it way wrong, NFL contracts never look at the big numbers 5 -25 but only 8 mill fully guaranteed that’s the number that means it all

  17. elmerbrownelmerbrown says: Feb 27, 2014 1:29 PM

    See how life goes it dont have to end in a pile of poop just because you said a bad word

  18. cuda1234 says: Feb 27, 2014 1:47 PM

    Six months ago, Riley Cooper’s football future was solid in spite of a relentless attack on his character by the liberal media. Once again Cooper has shown class and resiliency while overcoming adversity.

  19. iamhoraceknight says: Feb 27, 2014 2:11 PM

    IS He worth the money?

    He had 47 catches last year AND That number will decrease if they re-sign Macklin.

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