Looking Ahead: Eagles Who Will Not Return in 2014

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Dec 22, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper (14) catches a touchdown pass as Chicago Bears safety Chris Conte (47) defends during the first quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

 

3) Riley Cooper, Philadelphia Eagles Wide Receiver -

 

After Jeremy Maclin’s injury, the Eagles decided to give Cooper an opportunity rather than seek help via free agency or trade. The fourth-year receiver publicly shamed himself and the organization via a racial slur at a Kenny Chesney concert, but following a brief absence Cooper returned to his starting role and amassed 835 yards and eight touchdowns on just 47 catches.

Result: Tests market, re-signs with Eagles.

Cooper deserves to see his market value after overcoming roster odds and a controversial preseason, but I believe he will offer the Eagles the opportunity to match any offers he’ll receive. It’s not crazy to believe that Riley’s preseason comments could haunt him to prospective teams, benefitting the Eagles with a smaller contract than he would have been offered otherwise.

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