Eagles have inquired with Bills about trade for RB LeSean McCoy

Lynette Rowe
October 10, 2018

The Eagles lost their starting running back, Jay Ajayi, for the season due to a torn ACL. They are in the market for a running back, have cap room and have shown their willingness to bring back former players in the past.

McCoy, the Eagles' all-time leading rusher, played the first six seasons of his career with the Eagles, with two All-Pro finishes.

McCoy has two seasons remaining on his deal. That automatically fueled rumors of a trade for Le'Veon Bell, but ESPN's Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen reported that is not Philadelphia's plan. The Eagles announced Monday that they placed him on injured reserve with a knee injury suffered in Sunday's loss to the Vikings, and multiple National Football League journalists reported that Ajayi had torn the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. So if he's not the primary trade target for the Eagles now, he's a solid fallback option if Bell is genuinely available but is deemed to be more risky overall. Philadelphia could certainly fit the latter part of the bill, and the team was willing to trade a fourth-round pick to the Dolphins a year ago for a lesser back in Ajayi. Or will elder statesman Darren Sproles come back soon and usurp everyone?

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While Bell is looking for a big money contract next offseason, and he claimed over the weekend he does not want to be traded ... if the Eagles want to get back to the Super Bowl, they'll need to amplify the running game.

Adding either Johnson or Bell would take a serious hit to the Eagles payroll this year and beyond.

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