Eagles Release Riley Cooper
The Eagles announced Monday they have released wide receiver Riley Cooper.
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) February 8, 2016
Cooper had three years left on the five-year, $22 million contract he signed after the 2013 season. His dead cap hit is $2.4 million, but he was due over $13 million over the next three years.
Cooper had a breakout season in 2013, catching 47 passes for 835 yards and eight touchdowns, which resulted in his big pay day.
But in the two seasons since, he was largely a non-factor in the team’s offense, including catching just 21 passes for 327 yards and two touchdowns in 2015.
The Eagles selected Cooper in the fifth round of the 2010 NFL Draft out of the University of Florida.
Cooper’s most notable moment with the Eagles came at a Kenny Chesney concert, when he said he’d “fight every [N-word] here” during the summer before the 2013 season.
Here’s some statistical context for Cooper’s release from around the league:
Riley Cooper, who played in all 16 games, ranked 142nd in receiving yards. Guys like BAL WR Jeremy Butler, who played in 8 games, had more.
— Josh Paunil (@JoshPaunil) February 8, 2016
Cooper would have counted $5.3M vs. cap this year ($4.5M base salary and 800k pro-rated signing bonus). Now just $2.4M vs. cap.
— Geoff Mosher (@GeoffMosherNFL) February 8, 2016
Riley Cooper made $9 million the last two years.
He had 76 catches.
Math: $118,421 per catch.
— Reuben Frank (@RoobCSN) February 8, 2016