Eagles To Trade RB McCoy To Buffalo, Could They Move Up In Draft To Take Mariota?
Philadelphia head coach Chip Kelly continues to put his touch on the Eagles roster, as Philadelphia has a trade in place that would send RB LeSean McCoy to the Buffalo Bills in exchange for Bills Linebacker Kiko Alonso. The trade is likely in the works because of McCoy’s contract which runs thru 2017, would earn the RB $10.25 million this season & would also count $11.95 million against the Eagles cap space.
Obviously Coach Kelly does NOT think McCoy is worth the price considering his age & time in the NFL (6-Yrs.). McCoy a 2nd round draft pick by the Eagles in 2009 would be entering his 6th season & is currently 3rd among active rushers in total yards (6,792) & 4th in rushing TD’s (44) & you know going by the average life of RB’s in the NFL, the time has to be close when McCoy’s numbers will begin to decline. The trade however, cannot actually take place until the official New League Year begins next Tuesday @ 4:00 PM. So even thou the trade is NOT official it does appear to be a done deal. LeSean McCoy, who is a Pennsylvania native has expressed his displeasure with the trade & stated that he does NOT want to play for Buffalo, where new Bill’s head coach Rex Ryan has said that he want’s the Bills to become a Run HEAVY team. LB, Kiko Alonso a 2nd round pick by the Bills in 2013, played every snap his rookie season, ranked 3rd in the NFL in tackles (159) & finished 2nd in AP voting for defensive rookie of the year. Alonso tore his ACL in camp last July, causing him to miss the entire 2014 season. Thus far the trade appears to be in favor of the Bills. Another huge question as of late has been, will the Eagles attempt to move up from their 20th spot in an attempt to draft former Oregon QB, Marcus Mariota in this years NFL Draft, since Head Coach Chip Kelly was also Mariota’s college coach for most of Mariota’s tenure there? With the deficiencies Mariota seem’s to have coming into the NFL, there would probably be no better fit for Mariota & would perhaps greatly increase his chance for success at the next level.
This Is Whats On My Sports Mind on these subjects.
I have to side with Eagles coach Chip Kelly on the more than likely trade that could send RB, LeSean McCoy to the Bills in exchange for LB Kiko Alonso, EVEN if Alonso does not ever equal the stats of his rookie season, clearing up $11.9 mil. in cap space is huge & could easily equal two more ($5 mil a year) quality players not to mention that this draft is LOADED with quality running backs, that Philadelphia will have the chance to grab & at a rookie price + if Alonso is able to come back effectively from his injury then I see it as win/win…. As far as LeSean being upset, he has to realize that its a business just as much for the teams as it is the players. Another question has been raised about the Eagles possibly moving up in order to draft former Oregon QB, Marcus Mariota since head coach Chip Kelly is Mariota’s college mentor, Kelly knows Mariota’s style of play would fit nicely into his system & it would also definitely be the best & possibly the ONLY perfect fit for Mariota, given the issues he has & will have playing in the NFL on most every other team. The team drafting Mariota will have to mold their offensive scheme to fit Mariota, where under Kelly’s scheme Mariota would fit perfectly & If Mariota should land elsewhere, MY Sports Mind Tells Me It won’t work out for him, BUT we shall see. Will the Eagles be able to draft Mariota? I say NO WAY, unless Mariota really starts to slip in the 1st round & IF the Titans don’t select him at #2, I do not think he will slide further than 6th where I believe the Jets will take him & that could spell disaster for BOTH parties. The Eagles would have to give the Jets their ENTIRE future in order to move from 20th ALL the way up to 6th. & IF the Titans plan to take him or would be willing to trade the 2nd pick, imagine how much HIGHER the price to move up 4 more slots to 2nd would be. The price is actually WAY more than Philly could possibly have to offer. So to smash that rumor, the answer is NO IT WON’T Happen. In My Sports Mind, common sense tells me, IF you are going to trade your TOP running back for a linebacker, unless you already have the answer to the newly created VOID on your team, The TOP priority with out a doubt should be filling that with equal or better quality & DEFINITELY not risking your future for one player even if a QB & especially since there’s still no guarantee, even under the tutelage of his former mentor, that Mariota will be able to be as effective in the NFL under the same system as he was in college.
Whats On Your Sports Mind about this subject?