The Philadelphia Eagles decision to sign pro bowl running back LeSean McCoy to a new five-year $45 million contract extension with over $20 guaranteed, was not only smart, it was genius.
When looking at what McCoy brings to table, it is hard to think of a more talented running back currently playing in the NFL, yet McCoy’s deal pales in comparison to that of Adrian Peterson, who received a 7-year $100 million deal, with $36 million guaranteed. Even Chris Johnson received more in guaranteed money, yet of the three backs, a case can be made the McCoy’s is on the one with the most talent and the most upside.
Sometimes it’s easy to forget that McCoy is just 23 years old and that the 2012 season will be just his fourth in the NFL. So far the diminutive runner, who played his college ball at Pittsburgh, has taken the league by storm and has a career trajectory that is headed nowhere but up.
Last season, McCoy truly hit his stride, carrying the ball 273 times for 1,309 yards, while also ...