It was a busy week for the Philadelphia Eagles who singed four of their key players before they had a chance to test the free agent marketplace. The Eagles inked deals with wide receivers Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper. They also came to terms with center Jason Kelce and offensive tackle Jason Peters which means the Eagles have their offensive line set for the coming year barring any injuries or surprises.
On Wednesday Jason Peters agreed to a $51.3 million dollar five year contract. ESPN.go.com says, "Peters, 32, was entering the final year of a contract that would have paid him $10 million in salary and bonuses for 2014. The new deal adds four years and $41.3 million, including $19.55 million in guaranteed money." Peters is coming off a pro bowl season.
Next, on Thursday the Eagles inked deals with Riley Cooper and Jason Kelce. Cooper,who started the season in a little hot water due to a racial slur, had a remarkable turnaround catching 47 passes for 835 yards and eight touchdowns. "Cooper who was close to a deal on Wednesday landed a five-year contract that is worth a reported $25 million," on Thursday according to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Jason Kelce also signed a deal on Thursday which tacked an additional six years onto the final year of his current rookie contract. He is now signed through the NFL 2020 season.. The contract is worth "$37.5 million and with $13 million in guaranteed money," says Mike Kaye of Bleeding Green Nation. Since being taken in the sixth round in the 2011 draft Kelce has been a starter at center, except for the 14 months he missed in 2012 due to MCL and ACL tears.
Finally on Friday the Eagles signed a one year contract extension with Jeremy Maclin for $5.5 million this season, with added incentives that could bring the deal to $6 million. The Eagles wanted him to sign a five year deal but he declined.
"By them offering me a long-term deal [this season], I felt like that made me comfortable enough to know that I'm in their long-term plans," Maclin was quoted as saying on Philly.com, "So hopefully, come midseason, we'll be able to do something where I'm here long-term.]"
This was a big week for the Eagles and hopefully it is just a sign of things to come from Howie Roseman and Chip Kelly. There are still six free agents left for the Eagles to either sign or let move on. There are also rumors that Jason Avant may be cut before the Eagles have to pay him a bonus.