The day after the Super Bowl is the first day teams can release players currently under contract following the end of their own season. The Philadelphia Eagles quickly got going, announcing the release of wide receiver Riley Cooper.
Cooper finished the season with 21 receptions for 327 yards and two touchdowns. He had signed a 5-year contract extension in 2014, but all his guaranteed money came off the books after this past season. The Eagles will save $2.9 million in cap space, taking a $2.4 million dead money hit for the coming season.
Cooper has been in the spotlight for some time in Philadelphia. Video caught him using a racial slur at a concert, and when his numbers went down following the extension it is no surprise he was not particularly popular among the fanbase.
The first thought in my head was, I wonder if Chip Kelly will have interest in Cooper. Of course, Trent Baalke is in charge of the 53-man roster, so he has the final say on any decision. I would think and hope he and Kelly can have productive discussions about roster decisions. And Tom Gamble is also a person to factor into roster decisions. He is tight with both Baalke and Kelly, and one wonders if he will serve as a bit of a conduit for Kelly when he has people he wants to see the 49ers add.
I don't really expect Cooper to join the 49ers, but who knows what the coming offseason will bring in terms of roster decisions.