Time to celebrate a 100% successful off-season, Philadelphia!
The elephant in the room — LeSean McCoy’s expiring contract — has been rectified by a whopping five-year $45 million deal, with at least $20,765,000 guaranteed. This move will lock Shady with the Eagles through 2017, and if there was any doubt before it’s gone now — McCoy is the Eagles’ offensive cornerstone. The idea of losing McCoy after this season to a contract hold-out, or worse yet free agency, was something that wasn’t going to fly.
So, Philly paid Shady what he deserved.
Following a record shattering season in 2011, McCoy proved that he can be that premiere back the Eagles have been missing since the early days of Brian Westbrook. The sick cut-backs, smooth jukes, and break-away speed helped carry Shady to his new contract — one that will likely last the remainder of his career.
The question now becomes this — do the Eagles use McCoy more or less now that he has signed a new contract, and with that, does Philadelphia have the depth behind him to cut him breaks in games?
Really, it all boils down to how Dion Lewis, Chris Polk, and Bryce Brown perform. If any of those three can contribute a decent amount, I would expect Shady’s overall carry numbers to drop as the Eagles will try and keep him fresh through the entire season. However, if none of the above mentioned running backs are consistent, expect McCoy’s carries to sky-rocket compared to last season.
Either way, this contract extension is huge for the Eagles — it marks a new generation and the potential for losing McCoy is no longer an issue!
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