Within the span of 24 hours, Chip Kelly has gotten rid of veterans Todd Herremans, Cary Williams, and Trent Cole among others. He added to that list by trading one of his top offensive talents for the second offseason running, dealing running back LeSean McCoy to Buffalo for linebacker Kiko Alonso.
McCoy is coming off of a disappointing but still productive campaign where he compiled 1319 yards. He finishes his impressive Eagles career with 6792 rushing yards and 44 rushing touchdowns. He has the most rushing yards in franchise history, a mark he set this year.
Alonso is coming off of an ACL injury which caused him to miss all of 2014, but he had 159 tackles in his rookie season in 2013, establishing himself as a premier inside linebacker. This move likely marks the end of DeMeco Ryans in midnight green as well as his $7 million cap hit.
With McCoy’s $11.9 and Ryans’ $7 million off the book, the Eagles are now looking at over $57 million in space.