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Eagles News: Philadelphia won the LeSean McCoy trade

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Throwing some ice water on your scorching hot McCoy takes - PhillyVoice
McCoy is no doubt still in the prime of his career. But for how much longer will that be the case? It's only a matter of time before Shady's best years are in his rearview.  Furthermore, McCoy had a league-high 125 carries since 2013-14 that have gone for zero or negative yards. Those are drive killers. And while the Eagles have made a habit of scoring quickly in Chip Kelly's fast-pace offense, the drives that fail stall just as quickly, putting addition strain on the Eagles' below average defense. Maybe Kelly would prefer a runner with more of a north-south mindset, rather than a guy like McCoy, who has a habit of going east-west before turning up the field.

10 things to know about the LeSean McCoy-Kiko Alonso trade - SB Nation
In return, Philly gets up-and-coming middle linebacker Kiko Alonso, an Oregon alum who played under Kelly when they were both in Eugene. Alonso, the PFWA Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2013, is a tackling machine, is proficient in coverage and may have emerged as one of the league's defensive stars in 2014 if not for an offseason ACL tear. The fact that Buffalo would part ways with a potential future star is equally as shocking, if not more shocking. Bottom line though: Both teams obviously feel like what they're getting out of this swap is of greater value than what they're giving up.

Five Thoughts On the McCoy-Alonso Trade - Birds 24/7
Is it true that McCoy's style doesn't exactly fit Kelly's scheme? On the surface, sure. McCoy is often a dancer. Kelly's preference has been for a one-cut/hit the hole back. But let's not kid ourselves here. In the past two seasons, McCoy has totaled 2,926 yards on 626 attempts (4.7 YPC). He had a lot of success under Kelly in this scheme, and his style made him the leading rusher in franchise history.

Eagles to Trade McCoy to Bills for Alonso - Over The Cap
This move is a major win for the Eagles. McCoy was set to count against the Eagles cap at $11.95 million while earning a $10.25 million salary. Neither number should ever occur for a running back in today’s NFL and it is possible that McCoy would have been released had he refused a pay cut. If the Eagles had released him they would have owed McCoy $1 million, the amount of his salary that was guaranteed for the year. Instead they get a young linebacker in return who will earn $795,946 for the season. This will clear about $7.75 million from the Eagles salary cap this season.

Eagles' Kelly can sink or swim in free-agency pool - Daily News
At the moment, just three NFL teams have more than $50 million in cap space: Cleveland ($50.8 million), Oakland ($54.7 million) and Jacksonville ($65 million). The Eagles soon will be joining that group. Bottom line: The Eagles are going to have the financial wherewithal to be major players in free agency. No player on the market - not Seahawks cornerback Byron Maxwell, not Patriots safety Devin McCourty, not Steelers edge-rusher Jason Worilds will be out of their price range. Hell, maybe they'll put a bid in on all of them.

Sorting Out the LeSean McCoy–Kiko Alonso Trade " Grantland
I don’t think it’s quite as clear as some might make it out to be, but ask me to pick a winner today and I think the Eagles came out on the better end of the deal. Expensive running backs just aren’t a valuable proposition in the NFL, and while McCoy does things at times that I can’t even fathom other human beings are capable of doing, he’s been inconsistent and probably isn’t worth the money remaining on his deal. Alonso is a three-down linebacker who is going to make pennies for the next three years; even if he’s just an average NFL starter, unless McCoy returns to his 2013 form, that’s a win for the Eagles.

Chip’s Tunnel Vision Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the McCoy Trade - Crossing Broad
Additionally, running backs might be the most easily replaceable players in sports. Anyone who’s ever played fantasy football, which I assume is most of you, knows that the list of top backs during the draft looks a lot different from the list of top backs at the end of the season. Guys come out of nowhere. There’s probably not a position in all of sports that is based on athleticism as much as running back. It’s a young man’s game, and a borderline commodity position. It’ll be much easier for the Eagles, a team with gaping defensive holes, to find a good running back than it would’ve been to find a good linebacker.

Eagles can trade picks into 2018 draft, once the 2015 draft opens - PFT
According the the league office, trades conducted before the draft begins can include draft picks in 2015, 2016, and 2017. Once the draft starts (i.e., the moment the Commissioner declares the draft to be open and places the team with the first pick on the clock), trades can include picks from 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018.

Like LeSean McCoy or not, a good deal is a good deal - The 700 Level
Who cares if Alonso played at Oregon? He tore the NFL up as a rookie in 2013, racking up 159 tackles, 2.0 sacks, four pass breakups, four interceptions and a forced fumble—numbers that might’ve propelled him to Rookie of the Year were it not for a fella by the name of Sheldon Richardson, the Jets' Pro Bowl defensive lineman. And who cares about Alonso’s torn ACLs, the most recent of which cost him all of last season? When was the last time a young professional athlete’s career was derailed by that injury? Medicine has advanced. This is not the end of the world.

Kelly, Eagles Quickly Making Over Roster -
A lot more is going to go down, clearly. The Eagles are suddenly flush with room under the salary cap. They have obvious positions that need to be addressed and Kelly and vice president of player personnel Ed Marynowitz are going forward, very aggressively, with their plan to do so. Anything is in play here, clearly. The message is this: Kelly isn’t satisfied after back-to-back 10-win seasons. How much he takes the roster and makes it over is something to watch as the Eagles have the opportunity, should they choose, to be major players in free agency. Draft weekend could be a wild ride.

Upon further review, LeSean McCoy trade makes sense - CSN Philly
I wanted to be outraged but I couldn’t be. I wanted to be furious but I wasn’t able to muster it up. I wanted to write a column that Chip Kelly has lost his mind, but the more I thought about it, the more I decided he hasn’t. Let me start out by saying LeSean McCoy is one of my favorite guys. I love the passion he plays with. I love the swagger he brings to the locker room and the field. I love that he wants to be the best running back in the NFL and isn’t shy about talking about it. But the bottom line is something has to change with this football team, and Jeff Lurie brought Chip Kelly here to change it. And that’s what he’s doing.

Clinton Portis: 'The Bills really won this trade' -
"I don't see Kiko Alonso turning out to be a J.J. Watt or a Ray Lewis, just dominating this conference," Portis said Wednesday on NFL AM. "Maybe he does, but I don't see it. It'll be hard to do. The Bills really won in this trade and I know for LeSean McCoy, there's some aggravation in being traded, you feel like you've done so much for a city, but you have an opportunity to go to a team that wants you, play for Rex Ryan, a guy you know will run the ball."

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