The Philadelphia Eagles traded star running back LeSean McCoy to the Buffalo Bills for linebacker Kiko Alonso, per ESPN Insider Adam Schefter.
Last year, McCoy rushed 312 times for 1319 yards (4.2 yards/rush average) and five touchdowns. McCoy’s 2014 campaign was impressive, but was a drop-off compared to his 2013 season. McCoy posted 1607 yards on 314 carries (5.1 yards/rush average), nine touchdowns, and two receiving touchdowns.
Alonso, who played for Eagles head coach Chip Kelly at Oregon, had a great rookie season in 2013. He registered 87 tackles, four interceptions, and 2.0 sacks. He missed the 2014 season with a torn ACL.
The Eagles could have gotten a higher return for the 2013 rushing champion. However, building a perennial defense is key to winning a Super Bowl, and Kelly can try to make up for McCoy’s production with a stable of running backs, a diversified aerial attack, and a dual-threat quarterback.
Bills HC Rex Ryan is one of the league’s top defensive coaches, and with McCoy now on the offense, the Bills are shaping up to be a complete team that’s capable of securing a playoff berth in the near future.