Eagles Called Bills About LeSean McCoy

Eagles Called Bills About LeSean McCoy

Eagles Called Bills About LeSean McCoy

The Philadelphia Eagles are in a tough spot having lost their starting running back Jay Ajayi for the rest of the year with a torn ACL that has put them potentially on the trade market to find a replacement.

McCoy has 170 yards on 45 carries so far this season, his fourth with the Bills.

McCoy has also stayed relatively healthy in Buffalo, as he has played in 35 of the last 36 games the Bills have played. McCoy has averaged 1,365 yards from scrimmage as a Bill.

All things considered, moving on from a star player, a team captain, a team player, a locker room favorite and a fan favorite like McCoy is never an easy decision to make. McCoy was drafted by the Eagles in the second round (53rd overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft. Not only is he a unsafe runner out of the backfield, but he is a very capable pass catcher. Although Smallwood has done a nice job as the team's primary target out of the backfield, McCoy would be an upgrade.

So who would Philadelphia exactly have in mind for a potential running back to bring on board? The Eagles coach now seems locked on keeping Wendell Smallwood and Corey Clement involved.

Not to mention McCoy's off-field issues which have sprung up periodically through training camp and the early stages of the National Football League season. The running back is in the middle of a nasty legal dispute his with former girlfriend.

It helped that the Eagles had already been linked to Bell, in large part because of a late-September report from Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports. Trading McCoy, who is their best player but at an age in which running backs often slow down (not to mention the off-field issues hanging over him), is just smart business. That fact gave all the more intrigue to reports earlier this month that Bell was planning to report by Week 7, just over a week before that date, which could give the Eagles time to swing a deal. McCoy has a salary cap hit of around $8.9 million this season for Buffalo, but the Eagles would be paying a fraction of that. That drops the number down to around $6 million. There simply hasn't been the touches that he would be expected to be given to him as he has tallied 15 or fewer carries in but once this season.

There was an interesting news story Tuesday: The Philadelphia Eagles reportedly called the Bills to talk about a possible trade for McCoy.

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