LeSean McCoy Must Receive Contract Extension Before Eagles Address Other Needs

WesAnalyst IFebruary 20, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 20:  LeSean McCoy #25 of the Philadelphia Eagles runs the ball against the New York Giants in the first half at MetLife Stadium on November 20, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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LeSean McCoy is arguably the best all-around running back in the NFL, but his contract will only pay him as the 35th-best running back, according to data from Spotrac.com.

McCoy is set to earn $565,000 next year according to the source, which puts him in the same boat as Rashad Jennings, Javon Ringer, Mike Goodson, Bernard Scott and Quinn Johnson.

Those five players combined to score four touchdowns and they rushed for a combined 565 yards. McCoy scored 20 total touchdowns touchdowns and rushed for 1,309 yards.

McCoy's 20 rushing touchdowns led the NFL and also set a franchise record while his 1,309 rushing yards ranked fourth in the league and placed him fifth on the all-time Eagles franchise list.

To think he is going to earn the same money as the players mentioned above is absurd at best.

Did he sign a contract? Yes. Does he have to honor it? No.

As long as teams can rip up a player's contract and void a deal, the player should have every right to demand a new contract, especially when they are entering the final year of a deal that clearly demonstrates the player is being underpaid.

The Eagles would be foolish to let McCoy hit the free market next year or to not wrap him up with a long-term deal.

Once they get McCoy's contract straightened out, they can begin to address many other needs this team faces, including holes at safety and linebacker.

With free agency less than a month away, Philadelphia must get it's cash aligned now in order to make offers to defensive players that will fit in their system and make their unit something other than a liability.

The question remaining is: How much should the Eagles pay McCoy?

He's not going to get Adrian Peterson money, which calls for an $8 million base in 2012, but he should get more than Reggie Bush, who is owed $4.5 million next year.