|Could McCoy get paid before Rice and Forte? (US PRESSWIRE)|
Posted by Ryan Wilson
Running backs Ray Rice and Matt Forte came into the season looking for new contracts. Both players are integral to the success of their respective offenses, and both are in the final year of their rookie contracts. It also appears like both could receive the franchise tag after the season (they can thank Chris Johnson's no-show effort in 2011 for that).
One running back who could be in the money in the near future: the Eagles' LeSean McCoy. A league source tells PFT.com's Mike Florio that Philly and McCoy have been quietly negotiating a contract that would replace his rookie deal, which expires after 2012.
McCoy, who has rushed for 754 yards and scored six touchdowns through eight weeks, is making $525,000 this season. He's also averaging 5.6 yards per carry and is coming off his best peformance of the year, a 185-yard, two-touchdown effort against the Cowboys.
The great irony: two teams that rely heavily on their running games -- the Ravens and Bears -- appear to be in no hurry to pay their workhorse backs while the pass-happy Eagles could be in the process of extending McCoy.
After a win over the Cowboys last week, the Philadelphia Eagles look to repeat this week as they host the Chicago Bears at Lincoln Financial Field. NFL.com's Pat Kirwan and Jason Horowitz break down this Monday night matchup.
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