The Eagles have traded their all-time single-season rushing leader to the Bills for another Chip Kelly disciple.
In a stunning trade that has taken many by surprise, the Philadelphia Eagles have traded former NFL rushing leader LeSean McCoy to the Buffalo Bills for injured star LB Kiko Alonso.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter was the first to report that the Eagles will swap their former three-time Pro Bowl and two-time All-Pro RB to the Bills for Alonso, who was the 1st runner-up for Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2013.
So LeSean McCoy is going to be a Buffalo Bill. And Kiko Alonso will be reunited with former Oregon HC Chip Kelly.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 3, 2015
Through the move, the Buffalo Bills will eat the entirety of McCoy’s bloated salary while the Eagles will reunite head coach Chip Kelly with his star LB from the University of Oregon.
A second round pick by the Eagles in 2009, McCoy would become one of the best RBs in the NFL for six straight seasons. In 2011, McCoy led the NFL with 17 rushing TDs and 20 total TDs. In 2013, McCoy was the NFL’s leading rusher with a league-leading 314 carries for 1,607 yards and 100.4 yards per game along with 2,146 yards from scrimmage.
Alonso missed all of 2014 with an ACL injury, but in 2013 he was arguably the best ILB in the entire NFL – winning Rookie of the Year honors in some publications but failing to capture the main award which went to DT Sheldon Richardson. In 2013, Alonso recorded over 150 tackles, 2.0 sacks, 4 INTs, a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries.