Eagles Tried To Trade For LeSean McCoy After Moving On From Chip Kelly

Sources have told Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News that Eagles executive VP Howie Roseman tried to trade for RB LeSean McCoy after the moved on from Chip Kelly a few years ago.

According to Mehta, the Eagles were willing to send the Bills a package of players including WR Jordan Matthews. However, they were ultimately unable to reach an agreement.

Of course, the Eagles would later trade Matthews to the Bills as part of the deal for CB Ronald Darby last summer.

Under Kelly, Philadelphia moved on from a number of notable players including McCoy, Desean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin while acquiring guys like DeMarco Murray and Kiko Alonso.

Personnel moves were clearly not Kelly’s strong suit and Roseman spent the past two years working to undo a lot of what he had done while in control of the team.

Mehta looks at all of the smart moves the Eagles have made up to this point to get them back to the Super Bowl.

As for McCoy, there were rumors that the Bills could try to trade McCoy last summer, given that Buffalo had already moved on from WR Sammy Watkins.

However, the Bills elected to hold on to him and he continued to be an important part of their offense.

 

McCoy, 29, is a former second-round pick of the Eagles back in 2009. After six years in Philadelphia, McCoy was traded to the Bills, who later signed him to a five-year, $40 million contract that included $20 million guaranteed.

McCoy stands to make base salaries of $6 million and $6.075 million over the next two years of the agreement.

According to OverTheCap.com, trading McCoy would free up $1 million of available cap space while creating $7,875,000 in dead money.

In 2017, McCoy appeared in 16 games for the Bills and rushed for 1,138 yards on 287 carries (4 YPC) to go along with 59 receptions for 448 yards receiving and 8 total touchdowns. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 9 running back out of 57 qualifying players.