The Philadelphia Eagles are one of four teams with “the strongest early interest” in recently released running back LeSean McCoy, according to a report from NFL insider Ian Rapoport. The three other teams named include the Kansas City Chiefs, the New England Patriots, and the Los Angeles Chargers.
One must consider the source of this report is likely McCoy’s agent. He’s trying to create a market for his client, as he should be.
It’s natural, then, that the Eagles would be listed among McCoy’s suitors. There’s an obvious connection there with Shady being Philadelphia’s all-time leading rusher. It also helps that there are reports the Eagles tried to reacquire McCoy back in 2017 and 2018.
But the Eagles’ running back situation is much different now than it was over the past two years. The organization seems to like their current quartet of Jordan Howard, Miles Sanders, Darren Sproles, and Corey Clement. It’s hard to see where McCoy fits in the picture when you consider his playing time and contract desires.
NFL insider Mike Garafolo downplayed the Eagles as a super likely landing spot for McCoy.
Howie checks on everything but that is a crowded backfield and I don’t think the money is going to be significant. A reunion with Andy Reid is among the more intriguing possibilities. https://t.co/NIUX77rzb3— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) August 31, 2019
McCoy would indeed be reunited with his former head coach if he goes to Kansas City. The Melvin Gordon situation also bears monitoring, as Rapoport notes, since the Chargers give him permission to seek a trade. The Bolts could need a running back much more than the Eagles do.
And so while it’s fun to think about getting the band back together with both DeSean Jackson and McCoy returning to Philly, I don’t think Shady is making a return to the Eagles. I’d say there’s like a 10% chance the Eagles sign McCoy.