There might not have been too many — or any — Riley Cooper jerseys in the stands.

But the Philadelphia Eagles may have never won the NFC East and hosted a home playoff game this season without the controversial fourth-year receiver, who had a team-leading six catches for 68 yards and a touchdown in the Eagles' 26-24 wild-card loss to the New Orleans Saints on Saturday night at Lincoln Financial Field.

Cooper is ticketed for free agency, but the Eagles may be compelled to re-sign him, a nearly unthinkable development just a few months ago.

"I want to be an Eagle next year," Cooper said. "No doubt. Hands down. I love the system. I love the coaching staff. I love what we do here. I love where we're going. But I don't know. Everything is just happening. We lost. It's a contract year. Everything is just happening so fast."

Thrust into a starting role after Jeremy Maclin tore his right anterior cruciate ligament during training camp, Cooper nearly ruined the biggest opportunity of his career when an online video surfaced of the white wideout threatening a black security guard with a racial slur during a country music concert last summer