Riley Cooper's contract expires at the end of the season and he knows it. "Yeah, it's up," Cooper said. "It's definitely crossed my mind. But I'm approaching this whole season and the next three games, just play as hard as you can and then at the end of the day everything will take care of itself." The Eagles wide receiver signed a four-year, $2 million contract when the Eagles selected him in the fifth round of the 2010 draft. Entering this season, Cooper played mostly as a fourth receiver and would have likely had the same role if Jeremy Maclin didn't suffer a season-ending knee injury in July. But after a slow first month starting in place of Maclin, Cooper has become one of the Eagles' most productive players on offense over the last eight games. His rise has coincided with that of quarterback Nick Foles, who has targeted only DeSean Jackson more (52 to 51) over that span. Cooper's stock has spiked. Chip Kelly has gushed about the 26-year-old receiver, who has certain attributes that seemingly fit the Eagles coach's scheme, but free agency is tricky and the Eagles have another contract decision to make with Maclin. "I want to be back here," Cooper said. "Everyone around here knows that I love the scheme. I think I fit in it well with the bubble screens and the stuff that we do with blocking and being a bigger guy and a bigger target." It's unclear how the offseason incident in which Cooper was caught on video using a racial slur will affect his market. One NFL executive, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because Cooper was under contract with the Eagles, said that the receiver's use of the slur would give him pause when considering whether to offer a contract.
Birds have decisions to make on Cooper, Maclin
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