According to CSNPhilly.com Eagles Insider Geoff Mosher, the Eagles had intentions of making a much bigger splash on the trade market than swapping a 5th round pick for Darren Sproles. Reportedly, Philadelphia was gauging the interest level of the Buffalo Bills in swapping former first round pick C.J. Spiller for an undisclosed package.
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Though many have high expectations for what Sproles can do in Chip Kelly’s offense, that production would likely pale in comparison to the output of a younger, more dynamic player like Spiller could bring to the table. The 26-year old Clemson product, drafted 9th overall by Buffalo in the 2010 draft, will be entering his fifth season in the league in 2014. When healthy, the explosive back is a dangerous threat in both the run and passing game.
Spiller’s best season came in 2012 when he posted 1,703 yards from scrimmage (1244 rush) and a combined eight touchdowns. The former track star has elite speed and acceleration from anywhere on the field. One can only imagine the sort of threat he would pose to opposing defenses with the creativity of Chip Kelly, not to mention LeSean McCoy in the same backfield.
Alas, the Bills and new coach Mike Pettine instead decided to hold onto the young Spiller as they look to contend in the AFC East. For us Eagles fans, we will have to resort to the fantastical projections of what an offense with: Spiller, McCoy, Jeremy Maclin, Brent Celek, Zach Ertz, Riley Cooper, and perhaps a first or second round wide receiver would do to the NFL. If nothing else, it is interesting to see just how active the Eagles have been in gauging the trade market and probing organizations about some of their marquee players.