Eagles Release WR Riley Cooper
The Philadelphia Eagles have officially released wide receiver Riley Cooper in order to save $2.9M in cap space. Cooper was also closely associated to former Eagles head coach Chip Kelly.
This past season Cooper played nearly 50% of of the teams offensive snaps, catching 21 passes for 327 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Cooper is most widely known for a video that surfaced on CrossingBroad.com back in 2013 at the beginning of Chip Kelly's time with the Eagles. Video showed Cooper directing racial comments toward a black security guard at a Kenny Chesney concert. Once returning to the team, he got into a fight with CB Cary Williams, which was thought to be over the comments that he made at the concert. His actions gained media attention across the country and sparked nation wide debate as to whether or not he should have been released by the team at that point.
Now a free agent, Cooper is likely to find a home elsewhere in the NFL primarily as a special teams player or back-up receiver role.