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Eagles News: LeSean McCoy-Kiko Alonso trade only took 20 minutes to complete

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 3/4/2015.

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Eagles have trade in place to send LeSean McCoy to Bills for Kiko Alonso - PhillyVoice
McCoy had a drastic drop in production from 2013 to 2014. As noted above, McCoy was the NFL's rushing leader with 1607 yards. He also had a very impressive 5.1 yards per carry. In 2014, his yards per carry dropped to 4.2. The Eagles suffered a number of injuries along their offensive line last season, but McCoy often didn’t look like the same back.

Eagles, Bills to swap LeSean McCoy for Kiko Alonso - NFL.com
One Bills source told Silver the trade talks took all of 20 minutes from start to finish.

Shady Trade - Iggles Blitz
The Eagles add cap space. That could be significant it the team wants to be very active in free agency. The secondary was a mess last year. The Eagles could try to fix that with some star additions. Being in active in free agency would give the team freedom in the draft…in case they want to trade up for someone…like a star QB that Chip Kelly recruited and developed. The move also helps the defense. Kelly can work his magic on an offense, but the defense needs talent. Alonso is a poor man’s Luke Kuechly. He has range and instincts. He immediately makes the middle of the field less vulnerable, especially on pass plays. I know some are going to hate (HATE) this deal. The funny thing is that my buddies that are Bills fans are not happy at all. They appreciate Shady’s talent, but prefer the stud LB to the RB with some wear and tear.

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Who Is Kiko Alonso? - Birds 24/7
During the 2013 season, Chip Kelly was asked about his former Oregon linebacker, Kiko Alonso. "I take extra pride that I had an opportunity to coach Kiko," Kelly said. "He’s awesome. I think everything that people are seeing in Buffalo is what I’ve known about him all along is that [he’s an] extremely dedicated, driven person both academically and athletically. He was a great student too. Over a 3.0 student.

Eagles' many moves are strictly business decisions - Inquirer
People say they understand that sports is a business. Most people don't really mean it. Most people want to buy the jerseys and watch the highlights and feel a kinship with the athletes and coaches and personalities, and they want every once in a while to reach into the pot of gold at the rainbow's end, lift their hands out, and savor the sensation of the coins falling through their fingers. They give their loyalty, and they want their loyalty reciprocated. They want to connect. They want to come along for the ride.

Releasing Cary Williams not without some risk for Eagles - The 700 Level
Sorry, but you won’t find me jumping up and down in the streets over Cary Williams’ release from the Philadelphia Eagles. Williams is far from a shutdown cornerback, but he isn’t horrible, either. He wasn’t worth the nearly $8.2 million hit under the salary cap, $7 million of which was saved, but the Baltimore Ravens won a Super Bowl with Williams in the secondary, so maybe Philly fans shouldn’t thumb their noses at him quite so easily.

McCoy-for-Alonso swap would be a rare, fascinating NFL transaction - PFT
It feels like a baseball trade. That’s how the proposed swap of Eagles running back LeSean McCoy for Bills linebacker Kiko Alonso feels. It feels distinctly un-NFL. Such player-for-player, big-contract-for-little-contract deals just don’t happen in the NFL. They’re baseball things. You know the drill: Team A acquires a veteran for the stretch run and sends young, untested, cheaper players to Team B. Yes, NFL teams are willing to give out big deals. However, because the vast bulk of the money in those deals is not guaranteed, few teams are willing to take them secondhand. They are tailored financial instruments that generally just fit one team and one team only.

Should Eagles be aggressive in free agency? Yes and no - CSN Philly
But before you start envisioning a star-studded secondary featuring Byron Maxwell at one cornerback spot, Brandon Flowers at the other and Devin McCourty teaming with Malcolm Jenkins at safety, remember that free agent binging is usually the fastest track to failure.

Plan Unfolding As Free Agency Nears - PE.com
The makeover is underway. As the Eagles prepare for the start of free agency on March 10 at 4 PM, they are making sure they are in the best possible shape with the $143.28 million limit. Releasing cornerback Cary Williams on Tuesday helps that picture as well as offering a glimpse into the team’s positions of priority this offseason.

La'el Collins is consistently boring, and that's good - SB Nation
La'el Collins' game tape was boooooring. And that was actually a good thing. Don't get me wrong, Collins had some really nice plays in the five games I watched. A lot of them. What he didn't have were many bad plays. At all.

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