On Tuesday night the Philadelphia Eagles and the Buffalo Bills shocked the whole of the NFL when it was revealed that LeSean McCoy was headed to the Bills, and Kiko Alonso was headed the other way to the Eagles to reunite with his former Oregon head coach Chip Kelly.
The Eagles coach has certainly showed his bravery by letting go of one of the best running backs in the NFL, and subsequently following the announcement by NFL insider Adam Schefter on Tuesday, there has been widespread ridicule by fans and even players across the NFL.
But Chip Kelly is a smart guy and he obviously has a long-term plan with this trade move. It increases the amount of cap space the Eagles have this offseason - which coupled with the departures of Trent Cole and Cary Williams - is now huge. Expect an exciting spring in Philadelphia concerning the draft and free agency, but what about the running back position at the Eagles? Who are they going to bring in to replace Shady McCoy.
Mark Ingram to replace McCoy?
Well, it turns out the answer could provide one of the least likely names you could think of.
According to reports on Wednesday afternoon, it is said that the Eagles are currently looking into bringing in New Orleans Saints running back and soon to be free agent, Mark Ingram.
"So who will the Eagles turn to at running back after they’ve traded away LeSean McCoy? One option could be soon-to-be free agent Mark Ingram," ProFootballTalk reported.
"Ingram, who becomes a free agent when his rookie contract with the Saints expires on Tuesday, appears to be on the Eagles’ radar. Lyons Yellin of WWL-TV has heard rumblings about the Eagles being interested in Ingram, whose straight-ahead running style may be more to Chip Kelly’s liking."
It may work for the Eagles
The powerful runner was certainly impressive last season at times, but for him to replace McCoy is surely a big stretch for the Eagles. It suggests that Kelly is planning on shifting his offense even further away from relying on his running back.
McCoy was shaky at times last year before a late season surge, but with Ingram potentially in the team, at least it would be more clear about which running back has which role.
Last year there was a blur between McCoy and Darren Sproles, but with Ingram it would be certain that he is the early down back and Sproles is the later down back.
It remains to be seen whether or not the Eagles do pursue and pick up Ingram in free agency, but what do you think Eagles fans? Who would be the perfect or ideal replacement for LeSean McCoy? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.
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