Eagles sign Riley Cooper, Jason Kelce to extensions

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Philadelphia, PA, United States (4E Sports) – The Philadelphia Eagles revealed that they have signed wide receiver Riley Cooper and starting center Jason Kelce to contract extensions Thursday.

Cooper, a pending free agent, signed a five-year, $25 million extension while Kelce agreed to a six-year, $37.5 million deal with $13 million guaranteed.

The new deal capped Cooper’s recovery from a controversial 2013 after being caught on video last summer using a racial slur at a concert.

Cooper was a special-teams player and spot starter in his first three seasons. He made the most of a chance to start after Jeremy Maclin tore an ACL in camp last summer, catching 47 passes for 835 yards and eight touchdowns.

For his part, Kelce’s deal runs through 2020 and has a max value of $40.1 million, putting him among the NFL’s top five centers in average salary.

Kelce, a sixth-round pick, has started every game for which he has been available. Despite suffering a torn ACL during the second game of the 2012 season, he quickly has become one of the top young centers in the league.

By 2013, with new coach Chip Kelly in charge, Kelce was back as the anchor and signal-caller for the offensive line. He also won the team’s Ed Block Courage Award.

The Eagles are still hoping to re-sign Maclin before free agency opens on March 11. Both sides are talking, but a deal is not close to being completed, according to two sources.

Philadelphia signed starting left tackle Jason Peters to a five-year extension Wednesday.

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