Philadelphia Eagles release WR Riley Cooper

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Monday, February 8, 2016

PHILADEPHIA (WPVI) -- The Philadelphia Eagles say they have released wide receiver Riley Cooper after six seasons.

Eagles officials announced the move Monday, the day after Denver beat Carolina in the Super Bowl.

Cooper's best season came in 2013, when he had 47 catches for 835 yards and eight touchdowns. He played in half his team's offensive snaps this past season.

Cooper was perhaps best known for his troublesome training camp in 2013, when he left camp for three days to deal with fallout after a video surfaced of him using a racial slur at an African-American security guard at a Kenny Chesney concert. Cooper stayed with the team and had to win back the trust of teammates.

The 28-year-old receiver has 169 catches and 18 touchdowns in 88 games played.

The Eagles note:

Cooper was a fifth-round pick of the Eagles in 2010 out of Florida. In 88 games (54 starts), Cooper recorded 169 receptions for 2,418 yards and 18 touchdowns during his six years with the team. Last season, Cooper started in 13 of the team's 16 games and had 21 catches for 327 yards and two touchdowns. He played 49 percent of the team's offensive snaps after being on the field for 89 percent and 81 percent of the snaps in the previous two seasons, respectively.

In his first season as a full-time starter in 2013, Cooper was third in the NFL with a 17.8 yards-per-catch average. He had 47 receptions and set career highs with 835 receiving yards and eight touchdowns. Cooper scored three touchdowns in the win at Oakland to tie the mark for the third most touchdown grabs in a single game in franchise history. He followed that season up with a career-best 55 receptions in 2014.