Todd Herremans had some interesting things to say in his first media appearance since being released last week. The former Philadelphia Eagles offensive lineman appeared on 97.5 The Fanatic with Jon, Sean, and Baldy and weighed in on a number of topics including the Eagles quarterback situation, his playing career, and more.
One of the more interesting parts of the interview was when Herremans was asked about LeSean McCoy, who is scheduled to make a lot of money in 2015. Listen here. Transcribed:
"Q: Do you have a feeling that [McCoy] will be back 100%?
Herremans: Uh, for how much money? For his contract?
Q: What he’s due.
Herremans: Hoof. I hope so for his sake (Laughs.) I don’t know.
Q: Do you think he’d be willing to— because he said he’d restructure but not for less money, at least that’s the word. Do you think that’s something that could work out for both sides?
Herremans: Well, I mean. I figure they can find something that works out like that. I guess it all just depends on how bad Chip [Kelly] wants him, and if he thinks that he’s that instrumental in his offense. If he feels he can get somebody cheaper and just plug him in, and still get production, then… we’ll see.
Q: Do you think he thinks that way though? That he can plug and play?
Herremans: (Laughs). I don’t know. I think he values the quarterback position on his offense…
Q: The most.
Herremans: The most. I think so. I think that all the other players… Well, quarterback and the offensive line. Other than that I think that he feels like he can kind of, you know, the system will take care of it."
As noted earlier, McCoy is scheduled to to carry a ~$12 million cap figure in 2015. If the Eagles wanted to save money, they could release him for a savings of nearly $7.5 million. Philadelphia doesn't desperately need cap space so it's not as if they're forced to make a move in this situation. Not to mention that cutting McCoy would open a big hole on the Eagles offense considering there's no natural replacement ready to take over for him. Still, it's interesting to see a former Eagles player such as Herremans admit Kelly think it's the scheme that makes the player and not the other way around.
McCoy's name has been mentioned in multiple trade rumors lately, but it still seems like the best bet is that he returns to Philadelphia in 2015. Whether that's at his current number of a restructured deal remains to be seen. For now, the Eagles reportedly haven't approached McCoy about shifting the money in his deal. But there's a lot time for that to change.