Two days ago, Andy Reid spoke of moving forward with a contract extension for LeSean McCoy. A deal has not been reached, but that didn’t seem to bother Reid.
In an interview with 97.5 The Fanatic transcribed by sportsradiointerviews.com, Reid said,“[McCoy] and I have talked. I can’t share [contract details] with everybody, but I will tell you it is heading in the right direction.
McCoy is entering the final year of his four-year rookie deal and is scheduled to receive $615,000 this next season. According to spotrac.com, this ranks McCoy as the 56th-highest-paid running back in the NFL.
Since succeeding the oft-injured Brian Westbrook in 2009, McCoy’s progression has been delightful for Philadelphia fans—637 rushing yards rookie year, 1,080 second year and 1,309 third year. He continues the tradition of a back with great hands, 78 receptions in 2010 and 47 in 2011, and gets to the end zone—9 touchdowns last year and NFL-leading 20 this year.
These characteristics seem to spell out a nice, new packaged contract for McCoy. Moreover, Reid said, “It’ll all work out. He knows we appreciate him, and we are working through those negotiations, and I think good things will happen.”
In addition, McCoy has shown up to the Eagles’ off-season workouts and is expected to attend the full-team OTAs whether or not his contract has been fully negotiated by that time.
The Eagles have been stingy with past all-stars, but if they were willing to work with DeSean Jackson, then Shady shouldn’t have to worry.
Obviously, the next question is how much dough are the Philadelphia Eagles going to fork over to McCoy. Is he Adrian Peterson money? Maurice Jones-Drew money? Knowing the Birds, they’ll aim low, but he has the potential and shown that he can play with the best of them. A holdout doesn’t seem to be McCoy’s method, but we’ll find out in a bit. The Eagles and Mr. Lesean have plenty of off-season to work out the finer details.