If Riley Cooper has it his way, he'll re-sign with the Philadelphia Eagles once the 2014 offseason officially begins
After all, Cooper has enjoyed a solid year, catching 37 passes for 714 yards and seven touchdowns. His rapport with quarterback Nick Foles has been strong and the possibility of building upon that for years to come has to be intriguing for coach Chip Kelly and the Eagles' front office.
“I want to be back here,” Cooper said, via the Philadelphia Inquirer. “Everyone around here knows that I love the scheme. I think I fit in it well with the bubble screens and the stuff that we do with blocking and being a bigger guy and a bigger target.”
Cooper, to the fault of his own, had a horrible preseason in Philadelphis after a video surfaced showing him using a racial slur at a Kenny Chesney concert. The video angered a lot of his teammates, to which Cooper extensively apologized. He was fined an unspecified amount for using the particular word.
It's possible Cooper's use of the slur could hurt his value in the free agent market. Given that Cooper wants to re-sign with the Eagles, he shouldn't take it as a surprise if he comes back to the team with less money than he expected, given the ramifications of what he said during the preseason.
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.