Philadelphia Eagles News: Riley Cooper Released By Team

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Feb 08, 2016 07:20 PM EST
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Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper prepares for a play in 2014."

The Philadelphia Eagles have begun to rework their roster with the release of 6 season veteran wide receiver Riley Cooper.

Cooper was given a push under former head coach Chip Kelly however they both seemed to be ineffective in their final season with the franchise. This is the first day that NFL teams are permitted to release players so it comes as no shock there were several releases today.

The Eagles are in some cap trouble as they need to fill up several holes on this roster without breaking the bank. Cooper was a former fifth round pick who barely was on the statistical radar for his first three seasons with the Eagles. In that time he only recorded 46 receptions for 679 yards and five touchdowns.

Cooper eventually would go on to become a major distraction for the Eagles as he was caught on camera shouting racial epithets at a black security guard at a Kenny Chesney concert at Lincoln Financial Field. This could potentially hinder him in finding another job in the NFL as most players likely remember the ugly incident.

Cooper saw a significant drop off in playing time as in 2013 and 2014 he was involved in over 80 percent of offensive snaps however last season he saw a 50 percent drop off as he was only involved in 49 percent of offensive snaps. Cooper may get another shot with a team who is desperate for wide receiver help however it is quite possible he has played his last game in the NFL.



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