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Eagles agree to deals with WR Cooper, C Kelce

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 27, 2014 at 2:34 pm •  Published: February 27, 2014
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Keeping key parts of their offense together for a long time is clearly a priority for the Philadelphia Eagles.

The NFC East champions agreed to a five-year contract with wide receiver Riley Cooper and a seven-year deal with center Jason Kelce on Thursday. They gave All-Pro left tackle Jason Peters a new five-year deal a day earlier.

"It's a great reflection of ownership, a credit to Jeffrey Lurie for the flexibility to do what we need to be successful," general manager Howie Roseman said.

Cooper would've become a free agent next month after a breakout season in which he set career highs in receptions (47), yards receiving (835) and touchdowns (eight). His deal is worth $25 million over five years with about $10 million guaranteed, according to a person familiar with the contract who spoke on condition of anonymity because terms weren't announced.

"Riley is one of the toughest and hardest-working guys in our locker room," coach Chip Kelly said. "We talk a lot about how players have to make the most of their opportunities, and he did just that last year. He used his size, strength and speed to make a lot of big plays for our team and I'm excited to watch him build upon his success."

Cooper has come a long way since leaving the Eagles for three days during training camp after using a racial slur.

"I didn't test free agency because I wanted to be here," he said. "I wanted to be in Philly from the get-go."

Kelce was signed through 2016, and the new deal adds four years to his contract. Overall, it's worth $37.5 million with $13 million guaranteed, according to the person familiar with the deals.

"The numbers just sounded right," Kelce said.

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