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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Report: Eagles tried to get LeSean McCoy back after Chip Kelly was fired

Chip Kelly made more than a few personnel mistakes in his short tenure as the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, and the team reportedly tried to no avail to fix one of the biggest ones after Kelly was fired.

In a story that examines some of the ways Eagles head of football operations Howie Roseman has been able to clean up the mess created by Kelly, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News cites sources who claim the Eagles attempted to reacquire McCoy in a trade with the Buffalo Bills. The most recent attempt came last summer, when they apparently offered Jordan Matthews along with other pieces and asked for McCoy in return. Matthews ended up being traded to Buffalo, but it was cornerback Ronald Darby that the Eagles got back.

Kelly, of course, traded McCoy to the Bills for linebacker Kiko Alonso. From a football standpoint, the deal was a complete head-scratcher. It’s obvious Kelly and McCoy did not get along, and McCoy even took a shot at Kelly less than two weeks ago.

While Roseman was unable to fix Kelly’s mistake with McCoy, he has obviously done enough to build a Super Bowl contender. Given how successful the Eagles were this season, you could argue that having McCoy’s hefty salary on the books would not have been necessary.

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