The NFL was rocked earlier this month when the Philadelphia Eagles traded star running back LeSean McCoy to the Buffalo Bills for Kiko Alonso.
In the immediate aftermath, the majority of the football universe declared the Bills the winners of what was one of the first of many shock trades this month - most involving the Eagles.
To say the trade shocked the NFL would be an understatement, and nobody was more amazed than the Bills new head coach Rex Ryan, who admitted on Tuesday to the press that he was "stunned" that the Eagles were willing to let him go.
"We were just kind of, like, stunned there for a little bit," Ryan told ESPN on Tuesday. "We're like, 'Really? Wow.' All right, so let's just take it from there. Obviously we were interested and then the trade came down.
"We knew it wasn't going to be cheap by any stretch. And losing a player like Kiko Alonso is obviously a steep price, but we felt really good about it."
Ryan added that the Bills only took 30 minutes from the time the Eagles contacted them to decided whether or not they wanted to go through with the trade for McCoy.
"The trade for LeSean happened really quick," Ryan said at the NFL owners meetings. "We were all sitting there. We were having organizational meetings. And all of the sudden we get this call from Philadelphia and I think that was when the trade started. Probably 30 minutes later, the trade was done."
More than he wished for
No doubt McCoy will be the Bills starting running back during the 2015 NFL season, and Ryan admits having McCoy is more than anything he could have hoped for coming into his new job after several underwhelming seasons as the head coach of the New York Jets.
"We never saw it. It was an opportunity. I think that's it," Ryan added. "We're not just so structured that you can't just allow something like this to happen.
"Clearly it was an opportunity for us. We all talked about it and it didn't take us long to come up with the conclusion we did, which was let's go ahead and get him."