Jackson’s deal done, the Eagles can turn their attention to Pro Bowl running
back LeSean McCoy.
It should be an
interesting negotiation in that McCoy – like Jackson – is entering the final
year of his rookie contract. Unlike Jackson, McCoy is coming off a career year
in which he shattered the franchise record with 20 touchdowns, including 17
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we're looking at it for the next couple of years in terms of the cap situation
that we have," Eagles GM Howie Roseman said. "And we're
trying to have some flexibility now and in the future. LeSean McCoy is a great
player and we'd like him to be in Philadelphia for a long time."
Jackson offered insight into his decision
to play out his contract. A rocky
season cost him money although he netted a five-year contract worth $51
million, including $15 million guaranteed.
“Hopefully he learned a lot through my situation," Jackson said. "Hopefully he doesn’t go down the road I went through. I’ve talked to him a
little bit about what I’ve been through and hopefully he’ll be alright and
won’t have to go through what I went through.”
The franchise tag
for a running back this season – the average of the top five salaries at the
position through the years - is $7.742 million. Think $45 million over five years for McCoy with at least - at least - $15 million guaranteed.