(SportsNetwork.com) – The Philadelphia Eagles have a deal in place to trade
former NFL rushing champion LeSean McCoy to the Buffalo Bills for linebacker
Kiko Alonso, ESPN.com reported on Tuesday.
The deal, which would be a blockbuster, would reunite Eagles coach Chip Kelly
with Alonso, who played four seasons under Kelly at Oregon.
Trades cannot be made official until the new league year begins at 4 p.m. next
McCoy, 26, has blossomed in Kelly’s hurry-up offense, rushing for 2,926 yards
and 14 touchdowns with 80 receptions for 694 yards and two scores over the
past two seasons.
He led the NFL in both rushing yards and yards from scrimmage in 2013 but saw
a dropoff in both categories last season. The six-year NFL veteran would have
cost the Eagles close to $12 million against the salary cap in 2015.
Alonso, 24, missed all of last season after having surgery to repair a torn
anterior cruciate ligament suffered during an offseason workout in Oregon.
The second-round draft pick led the Bills in tackles in 2013 as a rookie with
159. He had two sacks and four interceptions while starting all 16 games.
McCoy set the Eagles’ all-time career rushing record during the 2014 season.
He gained 6,792 yards and scored 44 touchdowns on 1,461 carries in 90 games
for the franchise, averaging 4.6 yards per carry.
According to numbers published by the NFL Players Association, the Eagles will
carry over more than $15.7 million of unused salary cap space to next season,
making their adjusted salary cap for 2015 just shy of $160 million.
They trimmed more than $8 million from the payroll by releasing cornerback
Cary Williams on Tuesday and will reportedly release pass rusher Trent Cole.