The Eagles were one of the few teams in the NFL who had many key components of their roster set to leave the team, due to free agency this off season. However, after a busy week of contract negotiations, the Eagles have kept one of the league’s most productive offenses in tact heading into the 2014 season.
Wide receivers, Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper, were signed to new contracts this week. There had been a constant debate surrounding Philadelphia, as to whom the Eagles should stick with for the foreseeable future as the wide receiver alongside Desean Jackson, Maclin or Cooper? Or should they let both of them go and invest in a wide receiver via the draft?
The Eagles front office ultimately decided to keep Cooper around for five more years and signed Maclin to a $6 million contract with $3.5 million guaranteed.
Maclin missed last year’s season due to a torn ACL, but he is only 26 years old and has already proven his worthiness on the field. In four seasons, Maclin caught a total of 258 passes for 3,453 yards and 26 touchdowns.
Cooper has also made his case to remain the Eagles number two wide receiver. In place of the injured Maclin, Cooper finished with 47 catches for 835 yards and eight touchdowns, solidifying himself as Nick Foles’ favorite target.
The Eagles didn’t stop there. Pro Bowl left tackle, Jason Peters and center, Jason Kelce signed long term extensions.
The Eagles’ offense is gearing up to be one of the best in the league next season. With various contracts on the offensive side of the ball finally put to rest, the Eagles will be able to focus their attention on the defense come draft time.