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LeSean McCoy claims Chip Kelly traded him from Eagles because of star factor

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LeSean McCoy has today vented his frustration at the way the Philadelphia Eagles, and particularly head coach Chip Kelly, handled his shock trade to the Buffalo Bills earlier this offseason.

Star factor

Speaking to The Philadelphia Inquirer, the star running back rejected Kelly's claim that the move was done solely for financial reasons, instead claiming that the former Oregon man is doing his best to rid the Philly roster of so-called "stars."

McCoy was traded to Buffalo in a one-for-one deal that saw Kiko Alonso arrive at the Eagles. Kelly has since brought in both DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews to bulk up his RB options.

"I don't think he likes or respects the stars. I'm being honest," said McCoy. "I think he likes the fact that it's 'Chip Kelly and the Eagles'."

"It was DeSean Jackson - a high-flying, take-the-top-of-the-defense receiver,' Or 'the quick, elusive LeSean McCoy'... I don't think [Kelly] likes that."

Indeed, Chip Kelly's overhaul of the Philadelphia Eagles roster in recent times has seen a number of high profile names head for the exit door. Alongside Jackson and McCoy, big name stars likes of Nick Foles and Jeremy Maclin have also seen their time in Philly come to an end.

Why hide the truth?

LeSean McCoy says his "hate" for Chip Kelly has dissipated now that the dust has settled on the shocking trade. He did though question why the head coach went down the financial line, rather than admitting he didn't see McCoy in his future plans, when explaining the move to the media.

"There's nothing wrong with that (preferring another running back style)," McCoy explained this week. "Chip felt like I wasn't a fit for his offense. But why not say that?"

Offseason overhaul

The running back revealed he is yet to answer Chip Kelly's calls since the trade was completed and his comments today only add to the intrigue surrounding the head coach's offseason moves.

Now in total control of the Philadelphia Eagles, Kelly has moved quickly to exert his authority. The comings and goings in Philly have seen big names leave and arrive in equal measure, whilst the recent decision to invite Tim Tebow for a workout led to much media interest.

The logic behind such moves remains unclear to many but, should the Eagles improve on a promising 2014 season, then no one will be able to argue with Chip Kelly's master plan. Even if the roster is not quite as star studded as it once was.

What do you think Eagles fans? Is McCoy right to claim Chip Kelly has a hidden agenda, and are you bothered about the names on the jerseys so long as the team wins? Let us know in the comments section below...

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