Last offseason, after a tense standoff, the Philadelphia Eagles finally relented and let Chip Kelly have complete control over all player personnel decisions.
One year on, the Eagles are desperately trying to undo the calamity that ensued from giving Kelly free reigns over the team's roster and their draft day actions.
According to multiple reports, the Eagles have agreed to trade running back DeMarco Murray, cornerback Byron Maxwell, and linebacker Kiko Alonso. Murray is apparently heading off to the Tennessee Titans while Maxwell and Alonso have a new home at the Miami Dolphins.
None of these trades can be finalised until Wednesday morning, but that doesn't mean that people won't be dancing on the streets of Philadelphia as they celebrate ridding themselves of two horrible contracts and a player whose bones and ligaments may well be made up of sugar glass.
Maxwell and DeMarco Murray were signed to contracts worth a combined $103 million, with Maxwell becoming one of the best-paid corners in the league whilst playing like one of the worst. That's how bad he was. Murray, on the other hand, was absolutely wasted by Kelly who wanted him to play a style that he has never done during his career.
And then there's Kiko Alonso, who Kelly gave up Eagles All-Pro running back and firm fan favourite LeSean McCoy to get. Kelly hoped that Alonso would rediscover his pre-ACL injury form but that didn't happen.
The Dolphins are rumoured to be parting ways with four draft picks to bring in Alonso and Maxwell, with the corner almost certainly having his contract restructured from that 63 million dollar monstrosity while Alonso is still on his rookie deal.
Murray is the perfect example of how badly things went for Chip in his last year in Philly. After leading the NFL with 1,842 yards and 13 touchdowns from 392 carries at the Dallas Cowboys in 2014, Murray never really was a fit within Kelly's offense.
The 28-year-old finished his one season with 702 yards rushing on a career-worst 3.6 yards per carry. Ryan Mathews, Darren Sproles, Kenjon Barner and even backup quarterback Mark Sanchez finished with better per attempt averages.
After looking like a solid corner in the Seattle Seahawks alongside Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor, Earl Thomas and a fearsome pass rush, Maxwell was exposed in the Eagles man coverage defense. Alonso, meanwhile, missed five games and didn't look close to recapturing the form that nearly saw him clinch Defensive Rookie of the Year back in 2013.
We'll have to wait and see if the Titans and Dolphins made smart moves in buying low on Murray, Maxwell and Alonso. Right now, the jury is still out.
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