Could the Eagles trade for LeSean McCoy?

Ross Houston
October 10, 2018

Despite Philadelphia having a few likely candidates capable of stepping up in Ajayi's absence, there has been plenty of talk surrounding the possibility of the Eagles pulling off a big trade to bring another top running back on board.

This makes some sense.

The absence of their starting running back will take its toll on an offense that now ranks 20th (363.8 total yards per game) in the National Football League and a team that has a 2-3 record through five weeks of action.

McCoy spent his first six seasons with the Eagles before he was traded by Chip Kelly.

Shady is 30 now and it seems like his best days might be behind him.

In four games played, McCoy has only 170 yards rushing on 45 carries (3.8 yards per carry) along with 64 receiving yards on 10 receptions and zero touchdowns. Not only is he a unsafe runner out of the backfield, but he is a very capable pass catcher. These aren't the numbers we've been accustomed to seeing from McCoy. The deal, which was completed before Ajayi's injury, created $6.5 million in cap space this season and $11.7 million more next year for Philadelphia. And he knows the basics of this offense from his years under Andy Reid. If you're desperate at running back, go after Smallwood.

McCoy also fills the Eagles' sudden need for a workhorse at running back.

It's a tough blow for an Eagles team that has been dealing with injuries to key players. McCoy has a salary cap hit of around $8.9 million this season for Buffalo, but the Eagles would be paying a fraction of that. Since the pro-rated signing bonus would remain on the Bills' books, and not the Eagles, the team could release him without any dead money left on the books. Corey Clement has had nagging issues on and off for the last few weeks now, and Ajayi becomes no longer available as he was sent to the Injured Reserve.

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