Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy signed a new deal with Philly worth $45 million. The deal includes $20.765 million in guarantees. And he's only 23 years old.
After playing just two seasons at the University of Pittsburgh, McCoy chose to forego his final two years of eligibility and enter the 2009 NFL draft. At that time, McCoy wasn't the biggest (5'10") or the fastest (4.5, forty time). Nevertheless, he was drafted by the Eagles in the second round (53rd overall).
As a rookie, McCoy replaced an injured Brian Westbrook during the 2009 season. By season's end, he claimed the all-time Eagles rookie rushing title with 606 yards.
Over the next two seasons, McCoy put a strangle-hold on the starting running back job. In 2010, McCoy eclipsed 1,000 yards rushing, averaging over 5-yards-per-carry. In 2011, McCoy dominated the league crossing the goal line a total of 20 times. Many thought quarterback Michael Vick would steal rushing touchdowns from McCoy, but the running back proved his worth to the team. In what appears to be the first of many, McCoy was voted into the Pro Bowl following the 2011 season.
By signing McCoy to a 5-year deal, the Eagles have locked up their most valuable offensive weapon for the foreseeable future. And because McCoy has the essential ingredient running backs need in the NFL—youth—he will most likely play out the entirety of his new deal.
It's nice to see the Eagles avoid a disastrous contract situation this offseason, unlike last year. Think DeSean Jackson.