Sean McDermott doesnt dismiss Eagles interest in LeSean McCoy

Sean McDermott doesn\t dismiss Eagles\ interest in LeSean McCoy
4 years later, LeSean McCoy still taking shots at Chip Kelly
LeSean McCoy had little to say about trade rumors involving his possible returning to the Eagles, but he did manage to get in a dig at Chip Kelly during his chat with writers covering the Bills Wednesday. “I shouldnt have gotten traded, anyway,” he said. “I was killing stuff.” Kelly, two months after replacing Howie Roseman as the Eagles general manager, traded McCoy to the Bills for linebacker Kiko Alonso, who had played for him at Oregon. In just six seasons with the Eagles, McCoy became the franchises all-time leading rusher with 6,792 yards. Hes rushed for 3,470 yards in four seasons with the Bills. According to a published report out of Buffalo earlier this week, the Eagles contacted the Bills after they learned they had lost running back Jay Ajayi for the season with a knee injury. The proposed trade is unlikely to happen — heres my story explaining why — but McCoy was asked numerous times about the rumors on Wednesday. “I dont worry about it,” he said in an interview posted on the Bills website. “I just stay focused on the job at hand. I let that stuff work itself out. Well see what happens. Thats for the guys upstairs to work that out.” McCoy is four years removed from Philly now and has only eight former teammates still on the roster. He told writers covering the Bills at the team complex in Orchard Park, N.Y. that he hasnt really followed the Eagles running back situation. “To be honest, I havent paid too much attention to it,” he said. “You know how it is. You worry about your team, you worry about yourself, I try not to lose sleep (about it).” Bills head coach Sean McDermott, an assistant coach with the Eagles under Andy Reid from 1999 through 2010, declined to discuss the situation, other than to say the Bills get calls all the time — like every team — about all sorts of players. “LeSeans one of our better players,” McDermott said. “He had a good game the other day. We get calls all the time, incoming calls happen all the time, and (general manager Brandon Beane) and I talk a lot and I wont go into any more detail than that. “(McCoy) is a valuable member of our football team, and Ill leave it at that.” McCoy, 30, netted 13,470 yards from scrimmage through last year, the eighth-most in NFL history by a running back in his 20s behind six Hall of Famers and Edgerrin James. He now ranks 25th in NFL history with 13,704 yards from scrimmage, but hes only 2,589 yards out of the all-time top 10. McCoy, 30 rushed for a season-high 85 yards Sunday in the Bills win over the Titans. The Bills are 2-3 going into a game Sunday against the Texans in Houston. “I just stay focused,” he said. “I dont pay attention to it too much. Trade stuff and everything else. “This week we got the Texans. Theyve got a good defense, a lot of good guys on that defensive line, so I got my hands full.”

The rebuilding Bills are wasting the final years of LeSean McCoys prime while the Eagles are fighting for their playoff lives without their starting running back, which leads to an obvious question: Could the Bills and Eagles work out a deal that would send McCoy back to Philadelphia?

McCoy is 30 years old. The Bills have to assume theyre not going to be in playoff contention this season, despite a couple of early wins. Theyve been pretty honest about their rebuilding efforts. Trading McCoy, who is their best player but at an age in which running backs often slow down (not to mention the off-field issues hanging over him), is just smart business.

Bills Sean McDermott wont say if Eagles called about LeSean McCoy: We get calls all the time

Its still unclear. On Wednesday, Bills coach Sean McDermott didnt confirm the WIVB report that said the two teams are talking about a McCoy trade. 

The Bills dont exactly deny that LeSean McCoy is available for a trade

“LeSean is one of our better players,” McDermott told reporters, per ESPNs Mike Rodak. “I thought he had a good game [in Sundays 13-12 win over the Tennessee Titans]. Really, were just looking forward to playing the Houston Texans [this Sunday].

There was an interesting news story Tuesday: The Philadelphia Eagles reportedly called the Bills to talk about a possible trade for McCoy. The Eagles need help at running back after losing Jay Ajayi to a torn ACL. McCoy had some great years with the Eagles and is still capable of playing at a high level.

“We get calls all the time. Incoming calls happen all the time. [General manager] Brandon [Beane] and I talk a lot. I wont go into any more detail than that. Really, again, this is a big week for us. Another opportunity to get better. Another opportunity for us to develop as a football team against a very good opponent, in particular down there in a tough place to play.”

That doesnt mean it will happen. Maybe McDermott has no intention of trading McCoy but didnt want to express that publicly. The Eagles, or any other team needing a running back, might not be willing to give the Bills enough draft capital to make it worth Buffalo trading their top player.

McCoy, 30, has been one of the NFLs most productive running backs since the Eagles drafted him in the second round back in 2009. Since entering the league, he ranks first in yards from scrimmage (13,704) and second in touchdowns (81). But hes stuck on arguably the least talented team in football, playing alongside a rookie quarterback, and running behind a bad offensive line. In four games, hes generated only 170 rushing yards (3.8 yards per attempt) and 64 receiving yards. 

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Hes scheduled to become a free agent after the 2019 season, though the Bills can cut him in the offseason and save roughly $7 million in cap space, per Spotrac. But the Bills shouldnt wait until the offseason to cut him for free when they might be able to get something in return for him right now. McCoy isnt putting them over the top this year. They might as well get something they can use in the future for a player who likely isnt going to be around when the rebuild is complete. 

Its not ideal to have trade rumors swirling around your best player in the middle of a season, so the Bills could have shot it down. Thats not what happened when Bills coach Sean McDermott was asked about it Wednesday.

While McCoy isnt focused on a potential trade, he doesnt sound opposed to a reunion with his former team.

“I should have never gotten traded [from Philadelphia] anyway,” McCoy said. “I was killing stuff, you know? But I dont ever really pay too much attention to it.”

The Eagles, meanwhile, just lost Jay Ajayi to a season-ending ACL tear. Their leading rusher from last season, LeGarrette Blount, plays for the Lions. Darren Sproles is banged up, but hes at least nearing a return. While they have some nice complimentary pieces who can fill in — namely Corey Clement and Wendell Smallwood — the Eagles are lacking a true RB1. McCoy could obviously fill that need while the Eagles could provide the Bills with draft ammunition to help them in their rebuilding process. 

McCoy said he heard about the trade rumors but was worried about the task at hand, according to Chris Brown of 

Just because it makes sense doesnt mean itll actually happen. The Eagles might not want to bring McCoy back. The Bills asking price might be too high. Or maybe the Eagles will just trade for LeVeon Bell instead. But the trade would make sense for everyone involved. 

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The trade deadline isnt until Oct. 30, so any potential trade talks could drag out for a couple weeks. 

Sean Wagner-McGough joined CBS Sports in 2015 after graduating from UC Berkeley. A native of Seattle, Sean now resides in the Bay Area. He spends his spare time defending Jay Cutler on Twitter. Full Bio

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