One of the best running backs in the NFL, LeSean McCoy was traded to the Buffalo Bills for linebacker Kiko Alonso.
McCoy is entering his seventh year in the NFL and will be a premier player for the Bills. The 26-year-old had a career-best 1,607 yards in 2013 but had 1,319 yards in 2014. And yet, McCoy only had 163 less yards than the entire Bills offense.
Alonso suffered a knee injury and missed all of 2014, but he has since made a full recovery.
The former running back for the Bills, C.J. Spiller, will not be re-signed and will become a free agent, hitting the market March 10.
What makes this blockbuster trade so interesting is how the head coaches come into play. Bills new coach Rex Ryan – you might have seen him driving around – is now getting an excellent running back for a team that is desperate to get into the playoffs. The Eagles coach Chip Kelly is being reunited with a former Oregon player (who had an exceptional rookie season) while dropping McCoy, who he did not have much of a relationship with.
The trade does come as a surprise to many, but maybe Philadelphia will be better off without him and his 20¢ tips.