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4-Year Deal For Rookie RB

And then there was one! Running back LeSean McCoy, the team's second-round pick in April's draft, agreed to terms on a four-year contract Monday night. The Eagles have now come to terms with seven of the eight members of their 2009 draft class.

Locking up McCoy was important considering that Philadelphia's backfield situation is somewhat shorthanded with versatile playmaker Brian Westbrook recovering from ankle surgery.

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RB LeSean McCoy

In McCoy, the Eagles believe they have an almost 21-year-old all-purpose back in the Westbrook mold - a shifty, elusive running back with a knack for finding the end zone.

"I think he can do the same types of things that Brian can do," said Eagles' general manager Tom Heckert. "We think he's an all-around player and we think he can step right in and help us out. He's a great receiver out of the backfield. You can spread him out and he can also run the ball in between the tackles. It's not fair to him to say he's just a change of pace guy, that he's not a full-time player. He's proven that he can be durable enough to carry the football in major competition."

The 5-foot-10, 198-pound McCoy ran with the second-team offense during the post-draft mini-camp and seemed to be in the right place at the right time. He showed good quickness and caught the ball very well while absorbing as much as he could from Westbrook. With Westbrook recovering from ankle surgery, McCoy figures to see plenty of work in training camp and in the preseason.

A second-team All-America selection in 2008, McCoy amassed 3,365 total yards from scrimmage and 36 total touchdowns during a productive two-year career at Pittsburgh. McCoy registered 2,816 rushing yards and 35 touchdowns on 584 carries (4.8 yards per carry), while catching 65 passes for 549 yards and one score. His 308 carries last season prepared him for some of the physical grind of the NFL.

McCoy become just the third player in school history to post multiple 1,000-yard rushing campaigns, joining Tony Dorsett and Curvin Richards. McCoy also broke an NCAA record for most touchdowns by a player in their freshman and sophomore seasons, topping the old mark of 34 scores by wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (2002-03), also a product of Pittsburgh.

McCoy enjoyed a storied career at Bishop McDevitt High School in Harrisburg, PA, where he became one of the most prolific rushers in Pennsylvania high school history. He twice earned first-team, all-state honors from *The Associated Press *and was selected state player of the year as a junior.

With McCoy in the fold, only first-round pick Jeremy Maclin remains without a contract. Photo Gallery : LeSean McCoy

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