The Philadelphia Eagles have signed pro-bowl running back LeSean McCoy to a five year extension worth $45 million. McCoy had just one year left on his rookie contract coming into this season, so the Eagles avoided any hold out drama by signing him now. With this signing, the Eagles have now locked up their two young offensive stars, LeSean McCoy and DeSean Jackson, to long term contracts.
McCoy, 23, led the NFL with 20 touchdowns in a stellar 2011 season. He had 1,309 rushing yards and 1,624 total yards. Over the past two seasons, McCoy is fourth in the NFL with 3,296 total yards, sixth with 2,389 rushing yards and second with 29 touchdowns.
The reason it took this long to sign McCoy is because the Eagles had to dump the enormous contract to cornerback Asante Samuel, whom they traded to Atlanta this offseason for a 7th round draft pick. So if you were wondering why the Eagles gave up Samuel for so little, you now have your answer.
McCoy’s 3,026 rushing yards are the most by an Eagle after three seasons, which is very surprising given the Eagles history at the position.
The Eagles have just wrapped up rookie camp and will begin OTA’s next week.