LeSean McCoy got his big pay day.
The Philadelphia Eagles stepped up and paid the running back on Thursday, giving the versatile and dynamic performer a $45 million, five-year contract that includes nearly $22 million in guarantees, according to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
It ensures the Eagles will avoid the type of distractions that happened last year when another marquee offensive player – wide receiver DeSean Jackson – was upset without his own long-term deal that was solved earlier this offseason.
The contract now bolsters negotiating positions for two other running backs – Baltimore’s Ray Rice and Chicago’s Matt Forte.
McCoy has gained 4,241 yards from scrimmage and scored 33 touchdowns in just three seasons, rushing for 1,309 yards last season when he scored 20 times.
Agent Drew Rosenhaus credited Eagles coach Andy Reid with help getting the deal done. Reid actually sat in on contract talks, not something that is typical for head coaches to do.
“Andy Reid really wanted to see LeSean stay with the Eagles,” Rosenhaus , per McLane. “When we were working on this deal coach Reid was sitting in on the meeting. It wasn’t so much that he was taking sides, he just wanted to see it get done.”
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