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?
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].
“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.
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 BuffaloBills.com.
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