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Riley Cooper | Wide Receiver

Team: Philadelphia Eagles
Age / DOB:  (26) / 9/9/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 230
College: Florida
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Riley Cooper is expected to deal with significantly more attention from defenses this season.
Cooper had something of a perfect storm come his way on the field last season, as Jeremy Maclin's ACL tear and DeSean Jackson's speed afforded him both playing time and man coverage with no safety over the top. He cashed in with a 47-835-8 line and a $25 million contract. But without Jackson drawing attention, Darren Sproles' arrival, an expanded role for Zach Ertz and a likely rookie at the wideout spot, Cooper is going to find the sledding tougher. Mar 31 - 10:58 AM

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Eagles re-signed WR Riley Cooper to a five-year, $25 million contract.

The last year of the deal is voidable, but the contract includes $10 million guaranteed. It looks like the Eagles have overpaid for a player they had plenty of leverage on. Given Cooper's ugly racial slur from last summer, it's unlikely he would have been welcomed into another locker room. Furthermore, he lacks an ability to separate consistently despite career-best 2013 contract-year stats (47/835/8). Still, the 6'3/222 Cooper is a reasonable complement to diminutive DeSean Jackson because he brings red-zone chops, some blocking ability and a willingness to go over the middle on slants. If Jeremy Maclin is re-signed by the Eagles as expected, Cooper will enter 2014 as a No. 3 wideout.
Feb 27 - 9:05 AM

CSN Philadelphia reports the Eagles will sign free agent WR Riley Cooper to a four-year contract on Thursday.

The Philly Inquirer reported earlier in the day that the sides were close. We're fascinated to see the money as Cooper returns from a career-best year. Then-rookie coach Chip Kelly stood behind Cooper through an incredibly difficult time following Cooper's drunken, racist remarks at a Kenny Chesney concert, then started him in every game. We suspect the Eagles will get Cooper at a discount price, perhaps something in the $3 million to $4 million per-year range.
Feb 26 - 9:13 PM

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports the Eagles and free agent Riley Cooper are close to agreeing to a new contract.

Per beat writer Jeff McLane, the deal could be finalized and announced within the next few days. In addition to this, McLane adds that the Eagles are expected to sign free agent Jeremy Maclin to a new one-year, "show me" contract. With the start of free agency 13 days away, GM Howie Roseman has been opening up the checkbook. LT Jason Peters inked a four-year extension Wednesday. C Jason Kelce isn't far behind. Cooper isn't going to break the bank.
Feb 26 - 5:09 PM

Profootballtalk reports that free agent Riley Cooper is more of a priority for the Eagles to re-sign than Jeremy Maclin.

It's PFT's Mike Florio's understanding that "it's not even close." This contradicts a Philadelphia Inquirer report from last weekend that the team would prefer to re-sign Maclin over Cooper. Florio has been all over Cooper this month. Last week, a source informed PFT that Cooper will be in "significant demand" once free agency opens March 11. Cooper doesn't have quite the injury history Maclin does and broke out in coach Chip Kelly's offense in 2013. Maclin is still an unknown to the current Eagles staff. Both players would have suitors on the open market.
Feb 26 - 3:03 PM

A league source tells that free agent Riley Cooper will be in "significant demand" if he reaches the open market.

PFT is "told" that the Eagles "would like to keep him," but DeSean Jackson is already making $10 million a year, and it's very conceivable that Philly would prefer to re-sign Jeremy Maclin rather than Cooper. Cooper is a big-bodied, 6-foot-3, 222-pound wideout coming off career highs in catches, yards, and touchdowns while averaging 17.8 yards per reception. He's 26 years old.
Feb 17 - 1:42 PM

The Eagles and free agent WR Riley Cooper are expected to begin negotiations at the Feb. 22-25 Scouting Combine.

\GM Howie Roseman said he's open to re-signing both Cooper and fellow free agent Jeremy Maclin, but admitted "it's complicated." That's code for not wanting to overspend at the wideout position. The Eagles have plenty of leverage with both players as Cooper may not want to change locker rooms due to his racially charged off-field transgression, and Maclin is rehabbing from a torn ACL. "And then you look at it in the draft, obviously a very strong position," Roseman added.
Source: CSN Philly
Feb 5 - 11:09 AM

Eagles blogger Tim McManus wonders if another locker room will accept free agent WR Riley Cooper.

It's a fair question. In July of last year, Cooper was caught on tape letting an ugly racial slur fly while drunk at a Kenny Chesney concert. The Eagles, desperate for wideout help in the wake of Jeremy Maclin's season-ending knee injury, stuck by him -- with team leaders like Michael Vick and Jason Avant paving the way. But will another team welcome Cooper with open arms? It's very possible the Eagles can re-sign him at a discount.
Jan 30 - 10:17 AM

The Philadelphia Daily News says it's likely the Eagles are interested in re-signing impending free agent Riley Cooper.

If Cooper was a free agent four months ago, he would have found literally no suitors. He had 46 catches through his first three NFL seasons and became a national story when he let a drunken racial slur fly at a Kenny Chesney concert. But the Eagles stuck by him and he performed surprisingly well as the No. 2 wideout, posting a 47/835/8 line. Jeremy Maclin, who is coming off a preseason ACL tear, is also an unrestricted free agent. It's hard to see the Eagles bringing both guys back, especially if they plan to use a draft pick at the position.
Jan 6 - 11:27 AM

Riley Cooper caught six passes for 68 yards with a touchdown in Saturday's Wild Card loss to the Saints.

Eagles fans will remember an absolutely brutal third-down drop, but the reality is that Cooper was a difference maker again. It caps a roller coaster of a season for the contract-year wideout, as he survived an ugly racial slur caught on tape in the preseason and poor play early on to turn into a very serviceable No. 2 wideout in the wake of Jeremy Maclin's torn ACL. Over the final 11 games of the regular season, Cooper averaged 3.5 catches for 67.4 yards and scored seven touchdowns. Still, lack of explosive speed and separation issues will keep his free agency market relatively cool. Cooper likely means more to the Eagles than other teams -- especially with Maclin also an unrestricted free agent and coming off such a serious injury.
Jan 5 - 1:44 AM

Riley Cooper had three catches for 39 yards in Sunday night's Week 17 win over Dallas.

Cooper secured all three of his targets from Nick Foles, with his biggest play coming on a 19-yard catch in the fourth quarter. He finishes the regular season with 47 catches, 835 yards, and eight touchdowns. Cooper will remain the No. 3 option in the passing game when the Eagles take on the Saints in the first round of the playoffs.
Mon, Dec 30, 2013 01:14:00 AM

Riley Cooper caught three passes for 53 yards and a touchdown in Sunday night's Week 16 win over the Bears.

Cooper scored on a five-yard touchdown on the Eagles' first drive of the game and secured all three of his targets. He had been struggling over the last four weeks, with the touchdown just his first since Week 10. Cooper remains the No. 3 option in the passing game behind DeSean Jackson and LeSean McCoy. He'll visit the Cowboys in Week 17.
Mon, Dec 23, 2013 01:07:00 AM

Riley Cooper caught four passes for 29 yards in Sunday's Week 15 loss at Minnesota.

On a day Nick Foles attempted 48 passes and threw for 428 yards, Cooper was quiet with just seven targets. He did convert a two-point conversion, giving disappointed owners a slight boost. Cooper has now been held under 74 yards in four straight weeks and hasn't scored a touchdown during that span. With a tougher matchup against the Bears on deck, he'll be a risky WR3 type. Cooper's talent limitations are starting to catch up with him.
Sun, Dec 15, 2013 06:36:00 PM

Free-agent-to-be Riley Cooper says he wants to re-sign with the Eagles.

"I want to be back here," Cooper said. "Everyone around here knows that I love the scheme. I think I fit in it well with the bubble screens and the stuff that we do with blocking and being a bigger guy and a bigger target." Over the past eight games, Cooper has drawn 51 targets and is a legitimate threat with Nick Foles running the offense. Cooper has earned himself some money.
Fri, Dec 13, 2013 09:35:00 AM

Riley Cooper caught three passes for 74 yards in Sunday's Week 14 win over the Lions.

In a torrid snowstorm, Nick Foles struggled to get much on his passes and the Eagles executed an extremely run-heavy gameplan. Cooper still had a couple chances to make big plays on jump balls, but he lost some 1-on-1 battles with Rashean Mathis. Expect a monster bounce-back performance against the Vikings' inept secondary in Week 15, where Cooper will be a high-upside WR3 play. Weather won't be an issue in Minnesota's dome and Nick Foles will be unleashed.
Sun, Dec 8, 2013 04:58:00 PM