Following the draft, the biggest offseason priority for the Philadelphia Eagles was to sign Pro Bowl running back LeSean McCoy. And that important step happened on Thursday, when the 23-year old signing a 5-year, $45 million contract ($20.765 guaranteed).
There was none of the drama or acrimony that surrounded DeSean Jackson’s desire for a long-term deal. McCoy stayed quiet, trusted a new deal would happen, and it did.
Shady McCoy’s deal followed a record-breaking season for the Eagles star, who now holds franchise records with 20 total touchdowns and 17 rushing touchdowns in 2011. He also holds the record for highest average rushing yards of any player in Eagles history with 4.8 yards.
Head coach Andy Reid has also expressed his fondness for McCoy as a person and a player, and was pleased to announce the extension.
“We are excited to continue this offseason of taking care of our own players. LeSean is one of the most electrifying running backs in the National Football League. He can do it all – run, catch, block and score touchdowns from anywhere on the field. He’s worked extremely hard to turn himself into a Pro Bowl running back and he is well deserving of this contract extension. I give a lot of credit to Howie Roseman and Drew Rosenhaus for hammering out this deal.”
McCoy called the signing a “blessing” and looks forward to entering OTAs without contract talk at the back of his mind and was thankful to his agents and the Eagles organization.
“I want to thank you guys for being loyal since day one of my rookie year when I slipped to the second round, and you always told me hard work will pay off. I just kept plugging along and we’re here now, so I just want to thank you guys.”
The structure of the deal is as follows, per ProFootballTalk: Signing bonus of $8.5 million; 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.
In an interview with Derrick Gunn with CSNPhilly, Shady still didn’t focus on the money when asked on his biggest splurge. Instead, he spoke of his trust in his own ability and in Andy Reid. The coach promised Shady that a deal would be done and McCoy had no reason to think otherwise, as “he [Reid] has never lied to me yet.”
A gifted player with endless energy and enthusiasm who never makes the game about himself gets his due from his team. Exactly the way these things should go.