Chip Kelly and the Philadelphia Eagles traded All-Pro RB Lesean McCoy to the Buffalo Bills for linebacker Kiko Alonso in a one-for-one deal.
The 26 year old McCoy gained 6,792 yards in six seasons with the Eagles, but was deemed expendable due go his high cap number but declining value of running backs in the NFL. Although it was reported that he was not initially happy about the trade, the idea of going to a run-heavy offense with him as the focal point should help matters. McCoy has stated that he is open to or restructuring his contract
in order to feel more secure in a long term environment.
In Kiko Alonso, Chip Kelly has the 9th player that he coached when he was the college football coach of the Oregon Ducks. In his rookie year, Alonso had a breakout year with 159 tackles, 2 sacks, and 4 ints. His second season was taken by an ACL injury, but reports are that he will be full strength for the 2015 season.
While his trade counterpart carried a staggering $11.95 million cap figure for the next year, Alonso will only bring a $1.7 cap number for the next two years. Despite this, new coach Rex Ryan made it a point to trade the young linebacker, clearly feeling he wasn't a piece of his version of next years Bills defense.