Report: Eagles, Cooper Close To Deal

Eagles WR Riley Cooper scores touchdown against Chargers
The Eagles and wide receiver Riley Cooper are reportedly closing in on a new deal.

According to Jeff McLane, talks have heated up between the Eagles and Cooper’s representatives and an agreement could be struck over the next few days. The report adds that the Eagles are expected to sign Jeremy Maclin as well, most likely to a one-year prove-it deal.

Cooper posted career highs in catches (47), yards (835) and touchdowns (8) under Chip Kelly while averaging 17.8 yards per catch. He contributed as a blocker in the run game as well, which is a must in Kelly’s system.


The 6-3 wideout has stated on multiple occasions that his preference is to stay in Philadelphia.

"You definitely [have to do what is best for you financially] but that's where I'm hoping the Eagles come into play and I'm here," he said immediately following the season.

 

 

  • oreofestar

    Like I said a few minutes ago, this is great it means we if we resign Maclin as well we do not need to draft WR in the first 2 or 3 rounds and just get Moncrief in the 4th

    • Staur

      Ya that would be a great scenario, I really want to see what Maclin can do in this system couple that with Brad Smith having a full offseason within Chip’s system we could have a real good receiver corps

      • Richard Colton

        Brad Smith doesn’t even want Brad Smith to make this team

      • GEAGLE

        Not all that excited for Maclin unless it’s a two year deal. Don’t see the point in giving him a one year deal, how does it benefit us to not get the second year under contract when a guy returning from serious injury usually isn’t back to his normal self til the second year?
        ..
        If he won’t give us an option for year two, I’d let him walk
        ..
        Don’t see how anyone can just assume he will be back to his normal self. If he lost any speed he won’t be the same. Second surgery on the knee.. Color me skeptical, which is why it’s important to get Coop under contract

        • Staur

          There is the benefit (if you can call it that) that his injury occurred so early in training camp. I think with Cooper emerging as a nice option, Maclin can be eased back in and will help greater down the road in the season when all the weapons are needed most

          • GEAGLE

            I’m trying to win a Super Bowl in 2015. So if a player isn’t going to be here THAT year, I prefer losing him now, then to lose him the offseason going into the year we should be ready to compete for a Super Bowl….basically, whoever we don’t want here in 2015, I want us to just rip the band aid off and take the loss NOW!

          • Dominik

            You want to keep Chung or Coleman. Do you want them on our team in 2015? ;) Just kidding.

          • GEAGLE

            Lol of course! Fortunately Coleman is no longer under contract, thus there is no locker at Novacare with his name on it anymore…beautiful!!!!

          • Brad

            That’s a really good point. Right now we have to hope that Chip Kelly and the Sports Science is going to pay off. A healthy team is always key, but so is continuity.

          • GEAGLE

            Obviously I don’t care about losing stop gaps like Chung going into 2015, but I do not want to lose any well respected players in our locker room that will sour our players or screw with our chemistry…rather lose them now and get it over with..basically I want us to hAve learned from banners mistakes. Get 2015s team in place this offseason, so we can grow together and be ready to kick monkey ass in 2015

          • johnr

            Still have to play the games in 2014. And I sure hope the Eagles are trying to win a Super Bowl this year, just like every team in the NFL. This is not the NBA. Every team is trying to win every year. If Maclin comes back and has a great year, we will have the cap flexibility to sign him to a long term deal. If he doesn’t look good this year, we haven’t tied up much in guaranteed money and can move on with whoever we draft this year.

        • EaglefaninAZ

          Third surgery on that knee. Don’t sweat it. Everyone seems to forget that.

    • Nick

      That would be sweet, i have been really big on Moncrief as well, but theres no way hes gunna be there in the 4th, at the very least in the 3rd. hes making a strong case to be in 2nd, when your 6’2″ run a 4.4 and have a 38″ vertical. your not falling to far in the draft lol. but i love the idea.

  • Staur

    Still would not mind getting another receiver in either 3rd or 4th round but I really like that this opens up the eagles to pick safety, olb or corner with there early selections

    • Brandon Baltic

      or inside linebacker

  • oreofestar

    I hope that Cooper is taking a bit of a hometown discount so his friend Maclin can get resigned as well

    • Weapon Y

      Anybody wonder if Peters’ new deal was done specifically to help bring back Maclin and/or Cooper? If that’s the case, deal would be just about done. Eagles might have said “we’ll give you x amount of money, but only after we free up cap space.” Wouldn’t be shocked if we heard something in the next 3 days, maybe even tomorrow, about one of the receivers.

  • Richard Colton

    This makes more sense in this thread:
    Love the signing, anticipate the # will be team friendly. Mclane is reporting the Maclin deal will be a one year deal. Bold prediction: we return all three WRs (Maclin/Cooper/Jackson) and still draft WR at #22.

    • oreofestar

      Imagine it, Benjamin, Maclin, Jackson, Cooper, Celek, Ertz, Mccoy, Foles and the best o line in football damn that would be dangerous but if Calvin Pryor or Justin Glibert is there I want them

      • GEAGLE

        Forget Gilbert..no shot he lasts

        • oreofestar

          I know I like Dennard though even though I know a lot of you do not

          • Richard Colton

            Dennard is talented; I just think he’ll be overdrafted. Last year I’m thinking he’s the 4th CB. In this (better, but not for CBs) draft he might go top 12.

          • oreofestar

            I said that if we drafted Dennard at 22 I would not be crazy happy or anything but I would be fine with it and then I got crap for sayin’ it

          • Richard Colton

            Stick to your guns Oreo. A lot of people won’t be happy unless we draft Safety or OLB in round one. My requirements are simple – not a bust. I’m OK with any position except Guard (IMO no 1st round guards this year) RB (no longer a 1st round position) QB (player will be blocked by FOles). I can make a case for any other of the starting 22.

            That said…I really want an OLB or WR.

          • oreofestar

            I just want the best CB, S , OLB or WR available all other positions should not be drafted in the first 2 rounds unless somebody is just sooooo much higher on the board, So I am think Dennard, Pryor, Benjamin

          • Richard Colton

            While you were typing I talked myself into Guard. Trade down, take Su’a Filo at 32, pick up an extra 2nd.

          • RIP illa

            Lol…SMH.

          • oreofestar

            I do not think we need one early we need depth and maybe a replacement for Herrimans AFTER this year but for a team that has way bigger needs I can not see us using a premium pick on depth

          • Richard Colton

            Depends on how they have them rated, as always.

          • oreofestar

            True but if I am Roseman at 22 and my highest rated player is a guard I am taking the 2nd highest player or trading down

          • Richard Colton

            I agree, but only because I don’t think there’s a top 22 Guard in this draft.

          • oreofestar

            I think Zack Martin should play guard

          • GEAGLE

            That I can live with

          • Amar (India)

            Count me in the ‘lot of people’ :)

          • RIP illa

            I like Roby better, despite his horrible year. Dennard plays press and that’s about it. Davis runs a lot of zone, mainly cuz we don’t have the speed on the outside to press and lack the Safeties needed also. I don’t see Pryor as an answer or as being what we need to play more press.

          • Richard Colton

            Illa, I don’t even know with the CBs in this class. Dawkins was just on Sportscenter saying he liked Verrett the best in the group.

          • RIP illa

            If we played something like a Tampa 2, I would be excited for him. It allows for his size to not be as much of an issue. Same reason why I don’t want Boykin having full time responsibilities on the outside.
            I said a couple days ago that this draft CB class is a muddled mess towards the top. Well that got straightened out a little at the combine. Now it’s only a murky mess in rounds 2 to the top of round 3. And we’re still waiting for EJ Gaines to show what he can do. The big guys, that so many want to be the Browner or Sherman are either too raw (SJB) or too stiff (McGill). I would draft McGill and convert him to S. And no, I’m not on the convert bandwagon. A lot of team scouting personnel have been talking about converting him since the Senior Bowl practices, due to his stiffness. McGill and Exum are the only two of this class that I would switch.
            Fuller and Phillip Gaines are my main two, as of now, since Gilbert is the only guy I wouldn’t have any issue with drafting in the 1st. So I’m gonna stick with my earlier thoughts and say draft a CB in the 3rd…and that guy is P. Gaines.
            I said during the combine that he went from a 7th round prospect, mainly due to the fact that he went to Rice and scouts had little to no info on him, plus the info the had on him was so way off!! But anyway I said he went from a 7th to a 5th. However Dion made a great point that stuck with me. Coaches don’t coach technique anymore at all hardly. They coach concept(s), from college to the pros. Then when Hayden confirmed it…I was like damn, no wonder why Marsh still sucks. So knowing that and seeing Gaines measurable and then seeing him and drills with his footwork and hips, all boxes checked, yeah he should be a 3rd. There’s precedent for it also, even in this years class. Pierre Desir was an unknown from an even smaller school, and all it took was the E-W and Senior Bowl to move him from a UDFA (at worst) to 7th rd (at best) for him to go to a legit 2nd rd prospect. Gaines just has to repeat at his pro day and private workouts.

          • Amar (India)

            Dennard is 5-11, I’m not too excited about that. He can be a multi utility player – gunner, PR, KR but not a dominating, pass batting corner that we desperately need.

      • RIP illa

        Geagle’s right about Gilbert. And I don’t think Pryor is worth the 22 spot. We’ll maybe, but only cuz this is a weak safety class. Not ideal, but would rather go the…gasp…stop gap route and draft and draft a S later then spend the 22 on a not so dynamic, not so great Safety.

        • GEAGLE

          If we can get Buchanon, I’m pumped!!! But not picking again til 54 scares the crap out of me with him

    • Rick H

      That exactly what I am hoping will happen. I had all these WR’s in mind but after looking at Cooks with all his production last season, his strong build and ability to run after the catch I want to take him with our first pick.
      I know he isn’t the big receiver but something about him reminds me of an A. Boldin type of receiver but serious speed and ability to break tackles, come down with the ball in a crowd…

  • Brandon Baltic

    Howie :)

    and in other news bye bye Avant

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    • oreofestar

      I will miss him he is a fan fave but its time to move on with all of these great young wrs

  • Powell

    Would love to see Cooper,Maclin, Jackson all back.no need 2 force a WR in the draft.I still think Benn can be a factor moving forward. Send Brown, Graham and a mid round pick for Jordan

    • Powell

      To miami

    • anon

      force a wr?

  • GEAGLE

    Shocker…who would have ever thought we would keep our young QBs fav young target going into his most crucial year?

  • OG Droid

    Looks like Howie is busy and going to try and get Kelce and Maclin as well. Its from PFT but good news if indeed true.

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/02/26/jason-kelce-expected-to-get-an-extension-in-philly-too/

    • JofreyRice

      He was on his job out in Indy. Ross Tucker says it’s a great opportunity for the team brass to get together and prioritize signings, and gauge market interest. Coming out of the gates with an offseason plan gives me hope for LB/S.

  • GEAGLE

    We can’t NOT be players in Free agency AND lose the players we drafted…with it seeming like we get all our guys extended, safe to assume another “batting average” free agency

    • Richard Colton

      when did you turn into Token? Where’s the optimism?

      • GEAGLE

        I’m happy with it…I’m not mad…that’s just a shot to the idiots that tell me we can’t have free agents, and we will let our guys walk.
        ..
        I’m fine with the Malcom Jenkins and Alex carringtons if it means keeping our young core in philly

        • Rick H

          I will be happy to take Chris Clemens as our free agent free safety and Buchannon in the 3rd (or if we absolutely had to in the 2nd round) Give me BPA in rounds 1 and 2 while I expect the Eagles to take a receiver in round 1

          • oreofestar

            Geagle hates Clemons and even though I am kinda like him at this point (unless somehow Byrd or Ward hit the market) I want Malcolm Jenkins

          • Rick H

            Clemens would work as a good pass defender/center fielder while matching up with a physical safety like Buchanon. Keep in mind I have heard the Eagles want to resign Nate Allen which isn’t the worst thing in the world if you bring in a top or above average free agent safety then go after a top first 3 rounds safety in the draft.

  • GEAGLE

    When you ask Howie about extending Kelce, he don’t answer, but basically told us that yes we will extend Kelce….instead of asking obvious bullshit like that! did any media member think to ask a REAL QUESTION, like do we have any interest in extending Nate before free agency? Howie might have not answered directly, but ATleast it’s a real friggin question that everyone already doesn’t know the answer to…no, we are going to let Kelce walk in FA next year lol smh

    • Max Lightfoot
      • GEAGLE

        That’s my point…why is the media asking about a Kelce extension which is a KNOWN FORMALITY instead of asking something we don’t know the answer to, like if we have any interest in extending Nate before he becomes a free agent?

        • Max Lightfoot

          Is Howie going to broadcast his intentions on safety when everyone in the NFL universe is aware of that particular need? No, why would he? And what, you don’t think Roseman gets asked enough questions about safety upgrades? He probably gets asked about it 27 times a day – it’s not exactly a novel, unasked question, and he’d be a complete maroon to answer that one anyway. So, no – I don’t really get your point …

          • GEAGLE

            Hahah wtf are you talking about? Simple Focking question, any intention on keeping Nate, in which case you can sign him before ANYONE gets to offer him anything, or are you intent on letting him test the market. Every other franchise has no problem saying they are negotiating with their own players or that they will let the player test free agency….but if you are content on your media only asking questions EVERYONE already knows the answer to, good for you….don’t care what Howie says, I care that no one in this joke of a media market will ask the question, instead they can ask about friggin Jason Kelce as if there is any shot in hell we don’t extend him

          • GEAGLE

            We have 2.5 safeties under contract, believe me it’s no secret to anyone that we are looking for safety help, so what this comment about broadcasting bullish

          • Max Lightfoot

            Actually, for a guy who knows nothing about journalism, you certainly sound as if you’re an expert – that seems to be your whole shtick here – such as if you say “I’m a genius” enough times, people will agree with you, or something.

            As far as “this joke of a media market” goes, you are pretty fortunate to have good papers like the Inky and the DN, not to mention great blogs like this one. I live in New Mexico and decent sports writing here is nonexistent. You don’t know how good you’ve had it. And I spent my career as a news reporter, editor, copy editor at papers around the country, so I actually do know what I’m discussing here.

            Guys like McLane keep tabs on their sources. That’s how they report what they do. But they don’t ask the same source the same obvious question every day, such as the one you’re suggesting: “like do we have any interest in extending Nate before free agency?”

            Like what … McLane’s never asked Howie this before? And that’s a “REAL QUESTION,” as you put it? But I digress …

            You know, I’m not even here to argue. I just saw your post about Kelce so I just meant to hip you to the McLane article that was posted sheer moments before – in a spirit of doing a fellow blogger a favor – but of course you overreacted – the same way you seemingly hit the roof over any responses that don’t flatter you.

            I’d love to keep chatting but I’d probably need to put in for overtime in just dealing with your multiple personalities … So have a good one, Mr. G …

          • GEAGLE

            Lol takes a fan from New Mexico to think our TMZ wannabes are “good media” but I guess you enjoyed reading about the play list every day at camp, or the same icendiary gossipy bullish with the sole intention of creating drama…you are the clown for defending media for not asking a meaningful question,,,show me on example this past month of anyone aking Howie about Nate? You think it’s journalism to ask the obvious? You think it’s journalism to ask Howie 100 times about byrd who he isn’t even Allowed to tAlk about? Every single teams fans get to know which of their own players are negotiating with and which players they will let test the market, but it’s good journalism that we have no clue about ours? New York has NO PROBLEM saying Super Bowl winning Justin tuck will hit the market, yet we can’t know about Nate friggin Allen? As if you are divulging some grand trade secrets…give props to any media member every single time they do something good (except Les Bowan), so why can’t I call them out on their crap? If tim can accept the 3000 compliments I have given him, he can accept the rare criticisms..?But you cAn swing on their nuts and senselessly defend their honor like some butt hurt bitch if you need be…and in reality my criticism was aimed at no one in particular, I question how no one could ask about Nate…I don’t blame anyone for reporting the Kelce news, but if you are going to ask about it ask about Nate for crying out loud

          • GEAGLE

            See what happens without down votes, bitch ass groupies are forced to type some bullshit instead of just being able to down vote me lol.. I already miss the down vote. Find one example of someone asking about Nate in the past 30 days, or you are just a senseless blowhard responding for the sake of it….get some attention cause of the quality of your own posts not the sixteenth dick rider who wants to take shot at Me for attention.

          • Adam

            The hell is your problem man? Relax.

          • Michael Deen

            It’s not even worth it to respond to that dude. It’s a shame too because he clearly has some great insight into sports. Always get’s lost in the message though. I have never seen anyone else on here be so overly sensitive. You’re either “hanging off his proverbial nuts” or he is too busy calling people, “Trash”, “Dumb Fu*k”, “Piece of Sh*t”, “Piece of Crap” “Idiots”, “Butt Hurt Bit*h” Etc. I’ve known cats like him my whole life and I have never seen the point in sinking to their level. I almost pity him because I don’t think he has anyone else in his life engaging him about anything. My suggestion is just save it for someone who will actually try to have an engaging conversation.

          • Max Lightfoot

            You are correct, of course. I feel sorry for the cat myself – he’s altogether too silly to get mad about.

          • Rick H

            The reality is about 2/3rds of the league needs safeties. So that is a surprise to no one. So yes ask the question but like any other GM the answer will be a vague non answer. I would do the same.

          • GEAGLE

            Your entire post was complete trash…responding for the sake of responding…bring the down votes back so fools like this idiot don’t have to force some bogus ish BS on the screen just to take shots at me…bring back the down votes!! Take shots just for the sake of taking shots, makes you a dick rider…doubt you see me give your posts that respect, but thanks..this was fun, it’s been a while…almost made it thru an entire work day without dealing with an idiot smh…couldn’t wait 10 more min?

        • Tom w

          Cause mclane is a freaking joke. Howie doesn’t tell those Philly.com clowns shit or radio dopes and I love it. McClane got used by an agent just like we said over maclin vs coop

  • GEAGLE

    Lol at the sixers starting Sims tonight. You know Hinkie was smiling. This tank bowl against the magic is important. Must lose….if Hinkie can sign back Vucevic after next season, he will hVe officially wiped away all of the charlatan, Doug Collins mistakes in two years!! Really want Vucevic next to Nerlens

    • oreofestar

      Yeah the magic and the bucks are only teams we have to tank for I am hoping we lose out and the bucks play 300 ball for the rest of the year

      • GEAGLE

        It be a miracle,for the sixers to win another game with this team. I love it. We were a two point home underdog to the friggin Bucs and they spanked us!! Love it! Get that worst record and we can pick no later then 4th which means we will be sitting pretty no matter what. Lol fans were caught on camera sleeping at the last sixers game. I love that Hinkie has I shame in doing what needs to be done,.just lose!!!

        • oreofestar

          yep, see what happens with the pelicans pick too

          • GEAGLE

            In a dream world they do bad and we can trade up a bit and secure Exum, smart or Vonleh with that pick, but that’s prob wishful thinking

          • oreofestar

            why the hell are we winning

          • GEAGLE

            Lol it can’t last

          • oreofestar

            I hope not

          • oreofestar

            9 straight points for Orlando, thats nice

    • Tom w

      Brown wants a stretch 4 like vonlah from Indiana w Noel at center. Said it a few weeks ago.

  • Token

    Good move. Cooper should be your #3 or 4 guy. I expect money similar to what Jason Avant got. Avant will be cut.

    • anon

      Hope this means the bottom of the dept chart falls out. Think we take a #1 and a #5 WR in the draft.

  • Amar (India)

    Cooper played a huge part in our success in 2013. I would argue he is indispensable in the Chip Kelly-Philly Eagles offense. We can get another fast, route runner (if Maclin doesn’t re-sign) but not the big body, downfield blocking, leaping for the 50-50 ball player that Cooper is.

  • Vet Linc

    “Hometown discount” is one of the dumbest terms/phrases in sports.

  • FMWarner

    I’m happy with the Peters and Kelce (maybe) re-signings. A little less so about this one, but the fact that it’s happening now without him testing the market tells me that maybe it’s a very team-friendly deal – especially if a deal for Maclin is also in the works. I was generally against re-signing Cooper because I think he’s very average and would get overpaid somewhere. But the timing gives me hope that’s not so.

  • anon

    Someone posted this one Iggles, but thought it was worth sharing here — I think we take Ealy in RD 2. Most complete player out there.

    http://www.rotoworld.com/articles/cfb/46337/349/peshek-sack-study-10

    • kks

      I don’t think he makes it that far, he might not even make it to our first pick

    • Ton w

      Reminds of vin curry. Bad fit in a 3 4. No way he makes it to 54 either

      • anon

        V.C. seems more like a speed rusher to me (he should really get traded, talents are wasted here). I don’t see him bull rushing many lineman which makes me think that Kony could play 3 technique AND rush in passing downs.

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  • anon

    4 years for Riley Cooper. I hope that contract is cheap and heavily front loaded. So much talent in the draft I just don’t get it. Guy produced one year.

  • anon

    Good breakdown of second tier WRs from ROTO

    http://www.rotoworld.com/articles/cfb/46136/349/out-of-the-box

    Landry looking like a great possession WR, only 2 drops all year, lots of catches in the 6-10 yd range — seems like Avant’s replacement.