Receiver Riley Cooper of the Philadelphia Eagles re-signed with the team today to what was reported as a five-year, $25 million deal with $10 million guaranteed.
For Seattle fans, the main question here may be how this will impact the market for Golden Tate (interestingly, I type this as I watch Tate at a school appearance today talking about the dangers of texting and driving — he’ll meet with media here a little later).
OverTheCap.com has a good analysis.
OTC says it may be good news for the Seahawks in keeping Tate, and not-so-good for Tate in terms of getting maximum value, saying that it could mean teams won’t go beyond the $6 million per that Brian Hartline got last year. Writes OTC:
For players such as Golden Tate and Emmanuel Sanders, who are free agents this year, the Cooper contract does little to give confidence that they can move past Hartline in terms of contract value in free agency. Despite the rumored increase in cap room he came towards the lower end of the WR2 marketplace. Odds are that’s a sign of how most teams will be viewing these players when free agency begins.
DenverBroncos.com, meanwhile, has a good breakdown of the free agent receiver class.