Geoff Mosher of Comcast Sports Network reported last night that impending free agent wide receiver Riley Cooper will sign a four-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles later today, February 27th, which would keep him in midnight green until the end of the 2017 league year.
Cooper is coming off a career season filling in as the Eagles’ second receiver when Jeremy Maclin tore his ACL in training camp, totaling 835 yards and eight touchdowns on only forty seven catches while playing a large part in the emergence of Nick Foles as the unquestioned starting quarterback. While monetary terms of the actual contract have yet to be announced, Cooper’s likely return continues a surge on Eagles news began by the team’s re-signing of veteran left tackle Jason Peters yesterday afternoon.
It shouldn’t be forgotten that Cooper’s contract situation directly affects what will transpire with another free-agent-to-be, receiver Jeremy Maclin. While general manager Howie Roseman has gone on record by saying he has budgets set for each position to avoid having to go thin elsewhere on the roster, it will still be an interesting development to see who the Eagles value higher when the numbers come out.