With one of the most shocking moves since they released DeSean Jackson, sources have confirmed that the Philadelphia Eagles have traded their three-time Pro Bowl running back LeSean McCoy to the Buffalo Bills in exchange for linebacker Kiko Alonso. Head coach Chip Kelly will be reunited with his former playmaking Oregan linebacker in Alonso, but it also means that Kelly will need to fill the void left behind by McCoy.
In a down season, McCoy still rushed for over 1,300 yards and had five touchdowns. At only 26 years old with very little injury history, his NFL future is still very bright. Kelly has a few options to replace the talented McCoy, including by going with the committee approach.
Darren Sproles, Chris Polk and Kenjon Barner are all running back possibilities for the Eagles. Sproles is the most experienced RB remaining for Kelly to utilize, but they will have to be careful with him to avoid a production drop-off or serious injury. Polk isn’t an overly dynamic RB but offers a decent size-speed combination. Chip Kelly is familiar with Barner from their Oregon days, and while Barner doesn’t possess great size or speed, he does a little bit of everything. The team is also said to be interested in pending free agent Mark Ingram and could snag a running back early in the 2015 NFL Draft. Regardless of their next move, it looks like the Eagles are content rolling with a full-blown running back by committee approach.