The Philadelphia Eagles and Buffalo Bills agreed to one of the biggest trades in recent NFL history last night as LeSean McCoy was involved in a straight swap for Kiko Alonso.
The stunning trade sent shockwaves across the league although it does make sense for both parties when you look at the details.
Making sense of the deal
The Eagles free up tonnes of cap space, losing McCoy’s $11.95M in favour of Alonso’s $746,000 contract as Chip Kelly seemingly looks to build the team his way. Kelly also gains a former Oregon Duck, who he knows well from his college days - and a player who took the NFL by storm in his rookie year, racking up 159 tackles, two sacks and four interceptions before a torn ACL kept him out of action for the entirety of last season.
The Bills, under new head coach Rex Ryan, will run the ball. LeSean McCoy has consistently been one of the premiere backs in the league since his rookie season in 2009.
Shady has 6,792 rushing yards in six seasons and is that dangerous offensive weapon that Buffalo have been lacking. They give up an injured linebacker, that despite his rookie dominance, may never return to his former self. The Bills also have the cap space to make this kind of deal, with $27.87M spare, the ninth most in the league.
One Bills source told Mike Silver that the trade took 20 minutes in total to conclude, meaning both teams must have been more than happy to make the deal.
McCoy’s role had diminished since the arrival of Chip Kelly in Philly whilst Kiko reportedly wanted out of Buffalo. All parties seem happy, although it will be interesting to see how history evaluates this trade, years down the line.
Could this move be the trigger for several knock on free agent signings? One looks likely in that CJ Spiller’s stay with the Bills looks to be all but over. The Jets are rumoured to be heavily interested. The Eagles will now surely be looking to find a running back, either in free agency or the draft with Darren Sproles more of a passing back and Chris Polk used primarily in goal line situations.
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