As fans of the NFL continue to try and get their heads around who won in the shock trade that saw LeSean McCoy depart the Philadelphia Eagles for the Buffalo Bills last night, new details have emerged offering an insight into the thought process behind the deal.
Dianna Marie Russini, sports anchor for NBC4 in Washington D.C., has revealed that the Buffalo Bills only went after the Eagles running back after having seen their contract to CJ Spiller turned down.
Spiller admitted yesterday that he had been aware since last week that his Bills career was over - clearly that decision was made when the RB rejected the terms on the table from the franchise. A move for McCoy though will definitely require much more money than was being thrown Spiller's way.
Russini reported her findings after speaking to league sources:
It is believed that CJ Spiller and his agent are seeking a deal worth at least $5 million and, after Tuesday's developments, he will have that opportunity when free agency opens in less than one week.
The Bills' refusal to pay what CJ Spiller wanted looks to have landed them in a pretty good spot after McCoy's arrival.
McCoy remains one of the NFL's top running backs despite an up and down 2014 season. He has over 6,000 yards to his name over the past six seasons and instantly makes a Buffalo offense - ranked 25th in rushing last season - a force to be reckoned with.
It's not all so simple though. After failing to agree a new contract with one running back, they now have to appease a player reportedly unhappy with being traded away from Philadelphia as well as absorbing a cap hit of more than $11 million.
CJ Spiller meanwhile yesterday hinted that a complete role-reversal wasn't out of the question - telling reporters that he was "pretty sure" Eagles head coach Chip Kelly had his phone number should he wish to pursue a deal.
The 27-year-old's 2014 season wasn't exactly going brilliantly when it was cut short through injury and, although the full details of the trade and it's fallout haven't been revealed, at this stage it looks like everyone might be a winner.
CJ Spiller might get the money he craves. The Bills have upgraded at RB. The Philadelphia Eagles have acquired a top defensive talent in Kiko Alonso and cleared a lot of cap space.
And if LeSean McCoy goes on to have success in Buffalo he may just want to thank Spiller for turning down that $4.5 million.
What do you think NFL fans? Will McCoy thrive with the Bills, and how are the Eagles planning to make up for such a big player leaving? Let us know in the comments section below...
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