Eagles Sign LeSean McCoy To A Five-Year Extension For $45 MillionBREAKING NEWS, Eagles, News, Running Backs Friday, May 18th, 2012
It’s a done deal and everybody is smiling. The Birds will have LeSean McCoy’s services under their control for the next five years. The Eagles signed their Pro Bowl running back LeSean McCoy to a five-year extension in the neighborhood of $45 million.
“After the season, me and my agents and family thought that there was a possibility that I could get a deal done”, McCoy said. “I love this team, and I’m kind of a hometown kid from Harrisburg which is like an hour and a half away. Nothing could be better than being here for the long term. Once you kind of realize the feeling of wanting to be here for the long term, we contacted the team and it was a mutual feeling. So, it kicked off from there.”
“We are excited to continue this offseason of taking care of our own players,” said head coach Andy Reid. “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.”
“Andy Reid really wanted to see LeSean stay with the Eagles,” Rosenhaus told Philly.com last night. “When we were working on this deal Coach Reid was sitting in on the meeting. It wasn’t so much that he was taking sides, he just wanted to see it get done.”
McCoy has been everything the Eagles wanted and more when they drafted him in the 2nd round in 2009. The young running back has played in 46 games so and produced 4,241 scrimmage yards (3,026 rushing; 1,215 receiving) and 33 total touchdowns (28 rushing; 5 receiving).
He possesses the highest rushing average (4.8) ever by an Eagles running back, and has gained more rushing and yards from scrimmage in his first three seasons than any player in franchise history.
After his Pro Bowl 2011 season, McCoy is considered one of the best running backs in the NFL and rightfully so. The kid makes things happen when you put the ball in his hands. He has a tremendous feel for getting into the end zone.
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