A priority for any football team during the offseason is to take care of those who have taken care of them. The Philadelphia Eagles did just that on Wednesday when they signed All-Pro LT Jason Peters to a 5-year contract extension.
The veteran offensive lineman rebounded from injuring his Achilles twice during the 2012 offseason, leading him to miss all of the 2012 season. Peters returned to the Eagles in 2013 and produced yet another successful season with the Birds that got him his sixth Pro Bowl nod. The strength and stability of the o-line, with Peters’ assistance, led RB LeSean McCoy to a record setting season as the NFL’s leading rusher and helped QB Nick Foles have a breakout season. Continue reading ‘Philadelphia Eagles, Jason Peters agree to 5-year deal’
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson provided RB LeSean McCoy with some unsolicited advice this offseason about how to handle McCoy’s negotiations for a contract extension. Jackson advised his friend and teammate not to do what the wideout did last season: hold out from training camp.
Jackson told the Inquirer
“I think it would be in his best interest to come. Looking back now, it really hurt me more than I thought it helped me. Hopefully he saw everything I went through, and hopefully Drew (Rosenhaus, agent for both players) won’t him go through the same thing.”
Philadelphia Eagles Pro Bowl LT Jason Peters had successful surgery for his ruptured right Achilles tendon on Tuesday. Even before the procedure was performed, speculation about a possible timeline for Peters’ return was rampant. Now that the surgery has taken place, there can begin to be some indication of how Peters’ timeframe for recovery. But we know he’s not going to be back for a while.
The instant that Peters’ injury was announced, we knew the Eagles had to do something to attempt to replace him. They signed King Dunlap to a one-year deal. A good move, but not the answer. Continue reading ‘Philadelphia Eagles Week in Review: The Hope for Demetress Bell and the Wait for Jason Peters’
The Eagles have done an excellent job in taking care of their own this offseason, in a marked contrast to their approach in 2011.
DeSean Jackson’s deal was completed before he had time to sign his franchise tender. Evan Mathis was handsomely rewarded for his excellent play in 2011 with a nice 5-year deal. Todd Herremans and Trent Cole received extensions friendly to their wallets and the team’s cap.
But one high-profile deal remains to be done: A reworking of the contract for Pro Bowl RB LeSean McCoy after his record-breaking 2011 season.
At present, McCoy is slated to make $600,000 in 2012, the last year of his rookie contract. That amount is an obscene underpayment for the level of talent and play the team has consistently seen from McCoy,one of a very few consistent bright spots in the 2011 season for the Philadelphia Eagles.
It’s time to pay LeSean McCoy. Everyone is in agreement about this fact. Hopefully, it won’t get nearly as ugly as it did with DeSean Jackson. And there’s no reason to believe that it will. Continue reading ‘So Far, So Good In Contract Talks for Eagles RB LeSean McCoy’
Midnight Green will be Evan Mathis' color for years to come.
Philadelphia sports fans breathed a collective sigh of relief when it was announced on Sunday that OG Evan Mathis signed a 5-year deal with the Eagles.
A bidding war for Mathis broke out between Philadelphia and Baltimore, which the offensive lineman saying that he received an offer for a “nice deal” from the Ravens.
Then the Eagles shot back what was said to be a “competitive” offer, and then we all had to sit back. The rest was in Mathis’ hands. And he decided to stay with the team where he had, by far, the best year of his career.
It seems that Philadelphia offered a nice deal of their own for Mathis. Per NFL.com, Mathis signed a deal for $25.5 million over 5 years, with $7 million guaranteed.
Mathis will speak with the media tomorrow about his new deal and extended stay with Philadelphia.