PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 18: LeSean McCoy #25 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the New York Jets during the second half at Lincoln Financial Field on December 18, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
"Me and DeSean are great friends, and everybody handles things differently," McCoy explained. "I don't really want to get involved with other guys contract situations or problems. We never really got into it about that, and me as a person and just the way I was raised, I try and do things the right way. I thought that the team knew that I wanted a new deal. I go out every week and work hard in practice and in the games playing my heart out. I didn't want to act the fool and do the wrong thing because I wasn't raised like that. I want to do the right things by showing up and being a team guy, all the things that I really am. It wasn't like I had to act like I was this different person, I was just being myself."
At 23 years old, LeSean McCoy already holds the Eagles single season franchise records for rushing TDs and total TDs. He was 4th in the league in rushing and led in the NFL in first downs and TDs. If he stays healthy, there's really no telling how much better he can get. Howie Roseman said that locking down McCoy and the rest of the teams' good young core was their plan this offseason.
"I think it starts when we sat down and made our offseason plan. We decided to focus on re-signing our own players and keeping a bulk of the team intact for now and going into the future. Obviously, LeSean was a big part of that. We felt like it was really important to get that done and try to get that done quickly, so we were going to be aggressive about it. He's a part of the family and his style and his play are so important to the organization and this team. I know I speak for a lot of us when I say that we're excited that he's going to be here for a long time."
McCoy's extension was completely painless, unlike the process to get DeSean Jackson re-signed. He was publicly unhappy about his deal, seemed to let it affect his play and had to be franchised this offseason before he finally got a deal done. McCoy was asked whether he learned anything from what DeSean went through?
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