Philadelphia Eagles attempted to bring LeSean McCoy back in trade

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According to a recent report, the Philadelphia Eagles attempted to bring back LeSean McCoy back in August.

While the main focus surrounding the Philadelphia Eagles at the moment is preparing for Super Bowl LII against the New England Patriots, an interesting report is making headlines on Friday about the team’s interest back in August trying to re-acquire LeSean McCoy from the Buffalo Bills. Obviously, everything turned out just fine for the Eagles since they eventually acquired Jay Ajayi from the Miami Dolphins to add to a loaded backfield that already consisted of LeGarrette Blount and Corey Clement, but it’s tough not to wonder what could have been with McCoy.

This week, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News praised Howie Roseman for the work he’s done getting Philadelphia back on track after seeing the disaster that was left from Chip Kelly, who was fired before the end of the 2015 season. In fact, Kelly’s decision to trade McCoy away to the Bills when he did in exchange for Kiko Alonso was always considered a questionable move, and even to this day, Eagles fans still wonder how amazing it would be to still have McCoy in the picture.

With that being said, one of the key takeaways from Mehta’s article is the part in which he discusses how Roseman tried to re-acquire McCoy from Bills in a trade, which obviously never happened. Keep in mind that Philadelphia did end up working out a trade that sent Jordan Matthews to Buffalo in August, but instead of McCoy being part of the package, Ronald Darby was acquired instead.

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After seeing the potential surrounding Carson Wentz as a rookie in 2016, it’s easy to understand why Roseman would want to bring McCoy back on board to help build a better offense around the Eagles quarterback. McCoy has always been considered one of the league’s top running backs when on top of his game, and as frustrating as this news is to here for fans, at least everything still worked out well for Philadelphia since they’re on the verge of winning the franchise’s first Super Bowl. Not to mention, if the McCoy deal actually went through, this would mean the Ajayi trade most likely never would have happened.