By: Caleb Luketic
The Philadelphia Eagles and the Buffalo Bills have agreed to a player-for-player trade. The Eagles are sending RB Lesean McCoy to Buffalo for LB Kiko Alonso. McCoy is one of the best running backs in the league, and Alonso was the Defensive Rookie of the Year runner-up in 2013. Alonso tore his ACL in July of 2014 causing him to miss the entire 2014 season. Alonso was 3rd in the league in tackles in 2013.
Alonso played under Chip Kelly when he was at Oregon. Chip Kelly has recruited 9 former Oregon players to come to Philadelphia, and that’s no coincidence. Chip Kelly and Lesean McCoy have had a few disputes over the past 2 seasons that Kelly has been in Philadelphia. McCoy didn’t like that Kelly made them workout so vigorously on Saturdays right before a game. Kelly has also hinted at that McCoy doesn’t buy in to the system in which they run in Philadelphia. This led to Philadelphia showing McCoy the door and shipping him off to Buffalo.
Kelly will continue to be under scrutiny until the season begins because of this trade, but something tells me that Kelly knows exactly what he is doing. He must think that he can replicate McCoy’s production with someone in the draft or in free agency. I think that Kelly wanted to solidify his defense with Alonso, and he knew that he could go sign someone else to fill the hole left by McCoy. I believe that Philadelphia will make a run at trying to get Bills RB C.J. Spiller because Spiller becomes a free agent next week.
The other rumor that has now almost been officially shot down is will Philadelphia trade up for Mariota. The answer to that question still remains to be seen, but i think that now it is a definite no. McCoy was going to be the piece that the Eagles would move to jump to #6 to draft Mariota. Mariota would be a fantastic fit in Philadelphia, but he is not worth trading away a 1st and 2nd round pick from this years draft plus another 1st round pick next year. However, if Mariota falls past the Jets I look for Philadelphia to move up to try and snatch him up. Mariota would be the perfect fit in Philadelphia, and would make the Eagles a legit contender in the NFC. Mariota will run the same offense he did in college, which will be less adapting he will have to do. If Kelly can orchestrate the signing of C.J. Spiller and find some way to draft Mariota, I will have Philadelphia as a favorite to win the NFC East and possibly win the NFC.
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