Eagles Expected to Resign Maclin, Cooper, and Kelce

Posted: February 26, 2014 in Uncategorized

maccoopThe Philadelphia Eagles are on the verge of agreeing to extensions with three very valuable offensive contributors. Philadelphia Inquirer beat writer Jeff McLane is reporting that the Eagles are close to deals with wide receivers Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper as well as center Jason Kelce. Terms of the deals have not yet been disclosed. Though, Maclin’s is expected to be a one-year deal while Cooper’s is a multi-year contract.

Maclin, 25, missed all of 2013 following knee surgery to heal an injury suffered in training camp. The 2009 first round pick played a critical role under Andy Reid during his first four seasons in the league. Maclin’s finest campaign came in 2010, when the receiver caught 70 passes for 964 yards and 10 touchdowns. He followed up those numbers by going for more than 850 yards in each of 2011 and 2012. With a one year deal likely upcoming, Maclin will have to prove his health in 2014 if he hopes to earn a long term contract in the future.

As for Cooper, the 26-year old from Oklahoma City appears to have successfully overcome a PR nightmare last summer to earn a multi-million dollar, long term deal with the Eagles. After becoming the latest celebrity to get caught spewing slurs during a concert last year, Cooper broke out behind Nick Foles and Chip Kelly’s tutelage. The former Florida Gator caught just 47 passes. But, his 835 yards and 8 touchdowns were among the team’s leaders when all was said and done. The market for Cooper was expected to be rich. So, the team agreeing to an extension this early is a bit surprising. Nonetheless, their ability to keep both Cooper and Maclin in the fold will allow them to focus on improving the defense in May’s draft.

Kelce, 26, is another key cog in the Eagles’ offensive core. He also is expected to agree to terms on an extension. A sixth round pick in 2011, Kelce has emerged as on of the best young centers in the game. The former Cincinnati Bearcat was the anchor on the best offensive line in football a year ago, helping to propel LeSean McCoy to the league’s rushing title in the process. Earlier Wednesday, the team announced that they had resigned tackle Jason Peters to a five year extension worth over $40 million. That solidifies Philadelphia’s front with Kelce and Peters being joined by Evan Mathis, Todd Herremanns, and Lane Johnson.

All of these deals (with the exception of the Peters signing) are unofficial. But, if Philadelphia does indeed finalize these moves; they’ve gone a long way towards improving a team that was already 2013 NFC Eastern Division Champions.

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