Cooper And the Value Question

Riley Cooper

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The question when it comes to Riley Cooper and the receiver position at large is about resource allocation.

DeSean Jackson is slated to make $10 million this season. The other receivers currently on the roster are eating up close to $7 million worth of salary (though a big chunk of that can be shed if they release or restructure Jason Avant). The front office is working on signing Jeremy Maclin. They have invested significantly in the tight end position and will likely be using a good deal of “12 personnel,” which means one less receiver on the field. And as we know, the draft is stacked with quality wideouts.

There is good money already tied up in the position, only so many snaps to go around and a wealth of young, inexpensive options to be had come May 8. Given all these factors, and the glaring needs in other areas of the roster, why give Cooper a five-year, $25 million contract with $10 million guaranteed?

Howie Roseman explained it this way: Read more »

Eagles Ink Kelce, Cooper To Long-Term Deals

Eagles Center Jason Kelce enters practice

The Eagles continued to lock up their own players to long-term extensions today, signing center Jason Kelce and wide receiver Riley Cooper to seven-year and five-year deals, respectively.

Cooper’s deal is worth $25 million over five years, a league source tells Tim McManus. He’s under contract with the Eagles through 2018. Details on how much guaranteed money is included have not yet been made available. Read more »

Cooper Reportedly Agrees To Terms; Maclin In Works

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The Eagles are finishing the month with a bang.

After inking left tackle Jason Peters to a four-year extension Wednesday, the attention now turns to the receiver position. Riley Cooper has agreed to a four-year deal to stay in Philadelphia, according to Geoff Mosher.  The 6-3, 222-pound wideout enjoyed a breakout season in Year One under Chip Kelly with 47 catches for 835 yards and eight scores while averaging 17.8 yards per catch.

The Eagles are looking to bring Jeremy Maclin back as well. The two sides are working on an agreement, according to a league source, though there was no deal as of Wednesday night. Read more »

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. Read more »

Sorting Through the Receiver Situation

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INDIANAPOLIS – The quality of this wide receiver class is impacting the Eagles thinking. There’s no denying that.

Analysts and general managers alike are raving about the talent in this draft, and receiver is the first position they cite to illustrate their point. If you’re in need of a wideout, chances are you’ll be able to find one come May.

“I think we’re going to be sitting there in every round and there’s going to be a receiver we  like,”said Howie Roseman. “It’s just going to happen that way…Guys will be pushed back because of the quality and the depth of the class.”

The question is: how much will that factor into their stance when it comes to free agents Riley Cooper and Jeremy Maclin? Read more »

Wake-Up Call: Draft Offers Options At Receiver

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A record 98 underclassmen have declared for the 2014 NFL Draft. Within that wave lies  a group of talented receivers that has enriched the position significantly.

“When you talk about the underclassmen, that’s where the guts of this draft is. Last year was more senior-heavy,” said Daniel Jeremiah, a former scout for the Eagles. “This year we’re talking about 9-10 underclass wide receivers that are first, second-round players in my opinion.”

Jeremiah sees seven receivers being selected in the first round, which would be the most since 2004. And they are: Sammy Watkins (junior, Clemson), Mike Evans (redshirt sophomore, Texas A&M), Kelvin Benjamin (redshirt sophomore, Florida State), Marqise Lee (junior, USC), Paul Richardson (redshirt junior, Colorado), Jarvis Landry (junior, LSU) and Davante Adams (redshirt sophomore, Fresno State).

Mel Kiper, incredibly, has nine going in the first round in his latest mock draft. (He projects LSU junior Odell Beckham, Jr. to the Eagles at 22.)

Howie Roseman agrees with the sentiment that this is a strong class of wideouts, and must decide how much — if at all — that will impact some key decisions that are before him.

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Cap Expert Weighs In On Eagles

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There are plenty of financial-related questions surrounding the Eagles right now. What kind of market will they be up against when it comes to free-agent receivers Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper? Which players are most likely to be cap casualties? Will any veterans be asked to take a pay cut? For answers, we called on former agent/salary cap expert Joel Corry to make sense of it all. Read more »

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