Eagles begin roster overhaul by releasing wide receiver Riley Cooper

Riley Cooper will be looking for a new team this offseason. (USATSI)

The times are certainly changing in Philadelphia. There's a new regime led by coach Doug Pederson, and that means some players will be departing the newlook Eagles. First up: Riley Cooper, who will still count for $2.4 million against the Eagles' cap.

On Monday, the Eagles released the wide receiver, who spent his first six seasons with the Eagles. Under Andy Reid's guidance for three years, Cooper caught 46 passes for 679 yards and five touchdowns. But under Chip Kelly's tutelage for the past three years, Cooper improved upon those numbers, catching 123 passes for 1,739 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Still, Cooper regressed in 2015, recording just 21 receptions, 327 yards, and two touchdowns.

Though Cooper's best seasons came under Kelly, he dealt with issues away from the field that could impact him in free agency. Before the 2013 season, Cooper was caught using a racial slur at a concert. Cooper apologized for the incident and was fined by the team. 

Given Cooper's ties with Kelly, San Francisco will be brought up as an obvious landing spot. As for the Eagles, they seem to be content to primarily roll with Jordan Matthews and Nelson Agholor, though the rookie clearly struggled in his first season. Agholor caught just 23 passes and a single touchdown in 2015.

CBS Sports Writer

Sean Wagner-McGough joined CBS Sports in 2015 after graduating from UC Berkeley. A native of Seattle, Sean now resides in the Bay Area. He spends his spare time defending Jay Cutler on Twitter. Full Bio

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