The move hasn’t even been signed, sealed and delivered, but LeSean McCoy is already upset with his upcoming trade destination.
Former Philadelphia Eagles RB LeSean McCoy is reportedly “not happy” with being traded to the Buffalo Bills in exchange for LB Kiko Alonso.
ESPN’s Josina Anderson reported from her sources close to the former Eagles RB that McCoy is “frustrated” with being traded to the Bills.
“He’s a Pennsylvania kid,” Anderson reported. “He’s never played football outside of Pennsylvania — high school, college, pro. So of course he’s not happy. Sounds like it’s pretty final to me unless LeSean is refusing to go to Buffalo.
“It’ll be interesting to see how this process plays itself out because he’s an interesting individual,” the source said. “In your mind, when you think of Buffalo you think of cold and losing games. It’s not like it’s the Philadelphia market where you’re always on (TV) and you’re playing for like the division title or that type of thing.”
Officially, the deal has not been approved yet, so if the Bills feel that they will not be able to get McCoy to play for the team, there is still time to nix the trade. But Bills head coach Rex Ryan has developed a well-earned reputation for convincing his players to play hard and has been a lightning rod for new players in the past – so they will probably hedge their bets on their head coach being able to convince McCoy to stay.
McCoy leads the NFL in total rushing yards accumulated since 2010 with 6,155. He led the league in rushing in 2013 and led the league in rushing TDs as well as total TDs in 2011.
But the Philadelphia Eagles – more specifically Eagles head coach Chip Kelly – were eager to get rid of McCoy and his nearly $10 million contract, and in exchange will receive one of the star defenders from Kelly’s championship days in Oregon, Kiko Alsonso. In 2013, Alonso was the runner-up for Defensive Rookie of the Year and was one of the highest-rated LBs in the NFL. He missed all of 2014 because of a torn ACL.
The Buffalo Bills have had just two winning seasons since 2004 and have not made the playoffs since the 1999 season.