According to multiple media outlets, the Philadelphia Eagles agreed to trade veteran running back LeSean McCoy to the Buffalo Bills in exchange for linebacker Kiko Alonso.
McCoy is a six-year NFL veteran who, at age 27 when the upcoming season begins, is still in the prime of his career. McCoy led the NFL in rushing in 2013 with 1,607 yards and also caught 52 passes for 539 yards. But he took a dip last year in both rushing and receiving production and the Eagles aren’t enamored with keeping his large salary on the books.
Alonso spent all of last season on IR with a torn ACL, but was third in the NFL with 159 tackles in his rookie season the year before.
I think the trade makes sense for both sides. New Bills coach Rex Ryan is known for his innovative defenses and can get the most out of lesser talent. But I’m sure he wants to establish a solid offensive presence in order to compete with the Patriots in the AFC East.
The Eagles have an innovative offense and can plug in a speedy running back to fit the system. They need to improve a lackluster defense, but they’re taking on a lot of risk with a guy who is coming off a serious knee injury.