Philadelphia Eagles, LeSean McCoy Ink $45 Million Deal

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Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy signed a new deal with Philly worth $45 million. The deal includes $20.765 million in guarantees. And he's only 23 years old.

After playing just two seasons at the University of Pittsburgh, McCoy chose to forego his final two years of eligibility and enter the 2009 NFL draft. At that time, McCoy wasn't the biggest (5'10") or the fastest (4.5, forty time). Nevertheless, he was drafted by the Eagles in the second round (53rd overall).  

As a rookie, McCoy replaced an injured Brian Westbrook during the 2009 season. By season's end, he claimed the all-time Eagles rookie rushing title with 606 yards.

Over the next two seasons, McCoy put a strangle-hold on the starting running back job. In 2010, McCoy eclipsed 1,000 yards rushing, averaging over 5-yards-per-carry. In 2011, McCoy dominated the league crossing the goal line a total of 20 times. Many thought quarterback Michael Vick would steal rushing touchdowns from McCoy, but the running back proved his worth to the team. In what appears to be the first of many, McCoy was voted into the Pro Bowl following the 2011 season. 

By signing McCoy to a 5-year deal, the Eagles have locked up their most valuable offensive weapon for the foreseeable future. And because McCoy has the essential ingredient running backs need in the NFL—youth—he will most likely play out the entirety of his new deal.

It's nice to see the Eagles avoid a disastrous contract situation this offseason, unlike last year. Think DeSean Jackson. 

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Cedric Hopkins runs this sports law/fantasy football blog. If you have issues with it, it's all his fault. Cedric was an athlete-student at the University of New Mexico (Basketball - Go Lobos!). He then morphed into a student-athlete when he attended law school in San Diego. Age replaced athleticism and now he writes appellate briefs for criminals (alleged criminals, of course) in state and federal cases, including writing U.S. Supreme Court briefs.

For years Cedric has researched and written about legal issues but maintained a love for sports. With FieldandCourt.com, he's combining his two passions: researching and writing about sports. When he's not in court arguing a case before a judge (or writing about himself in the third person), he'll be doing the same with his articles on FieldandCourt.com. Follow me, er, him on Twitter (opens in a new window).

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Cedric Hopkins runs this sports law/fantasy football blog. If you have issues with it, it's all his fault. Cedric was an athlete-student at the University of New Mexico (Basketball - Go Lobos!). He then morphed into a student-athlete when he attended law school in San Diego. Age replaced athleticism and now he writes appellate briefs for criminals (alleged criminals, of course) in state and federal cases, including writing U.S. Supreme Court briefs.

For years Cedric has researched and written about legal issues but maintained a love for sports. With FieldandCourt.com, he's combining his two passions: researching and writing about sports. When he's not in court arguing a case before a judge (or writing about himself in the third person), he'll be doing the same with his articles on FieldandCourt.com. Follow me, er, him on Twitter (opens in a new window).