The Philadelphia Eagles have inquired about a possible trade for running back LeSean McCoy with the Buffalo Bills, according to Josh Reed of WIVB.
Philadelphia lost top running back Jay Ajayi for the rest of the 2018 season after he tore his ACL in Sunday’s Week 5 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. Other RBs Corey Clement (quad), and veteran Darren Sproles (hamstring), haven’t been able to stay healthy, and the defending Super Bowl champions are in need of help at in the backfield.
LeGarrette Blount – Philly’s top running back from last season – signed with the Detroit Lions in free agency. With Ajayi now out, the Eagles are devoid of their top two running backs from their Super Bowl championship season.
A six-time Pro Bowler, McCoy played with the Eagles from 2009-14. As Reed pointed out, he’s the all time leading rusher in Philadelphia history, compiling 6,792 yards and 44 touchdowns in his six years with the franchise.
Philadelphia traded McCoy to the Buffalo Bills in 2015 for linebacker Kiko Alonso, opting to sign 2014 rushing leader DeMarco Murray as their new lead back. Murray was traded after one disappointing year in Philly, while McCoy has retained his status as one of the NFL’s elite running backs with an otherwise lowly Bills team.
But it’s anybody’s guess if the Bills are willing to trade McCoy, the backbone of their offense who’s signed through 2019. His presence helps take some of the workload off of rookie quarterback Josh Allen, who’s had to play behind one of the league’s worst offensive lines.
Ajayi is a free agent after this season, and it’s unlikely the Eagles will give him a long-term deal following a gruesome knee injury. If they were to trade for McCoy, that would give Philly its new top running back through at least the 2019 season.