The Philadelphia Eagles signed RB LeSean McCoy to five-year, $45 million contract on Thursday.
And somewhere, Matt Forte is smiling.
McCoy (23) was set to make $600,000 this season, the final year of his rookie deal with the Eagles—a rookie deal he’s very clearly outperformed. Sound familiar anyone?
While the market for a running back of Forte’s caliber has been set for some time now, the circumstances surrounding comparative player deals were not consistent with Forte’s own.
Matt presumably wanted to be paid like the unrestricted free agents around the League. The only problem was that he was not an unrestricted free agent. Now he has a legitimate comp.
Try telling Forte’s agent, Adisa Bakari, to bug-off now.
In 2011, the Bears’ highest reported offered tendered to Forte was near $15 million in guarantees (duration and specific terms not disclosed). McCoy's guarantees are reported to be $20.765 million.
Of course, NFL contracts are never fully guaranteed and McCoy may never see all of his money, but all parties involved understand that.
McCoy’s deal reportedly includes an $8.5 million signing bonus and base salaries of $615,000 in 2012, $3.25 million in 2013, $8 million in 2014, $10.25 million in 2015, $7.15 million in 2016 and $7.85 million in 2017.
It’s a blueprint, folks.
Now, the Bears still have all the right in the world to use the tag. No doubt. But make no mistake about it . . . the game just changed, if only slightly.
And, just for the sake of gross comparison, here’s a side-by-side snap-shot of Matt Forte and LeSean McCoy’s 2011 stats:
|Rushing 1st Downs||40||84|
|%Rush for 1st Dn||19.7||30.8|
|Runs of 20+ Yards||12||14|
|Receiving 1st Downs||19||18|
|%Rec for 1st Dn||36.5||37.5|
|Receptions of 20+ Yards||5||2|
|Receptions of 40+ Yards||1||0|