The Eagles lost Jay Ajayi for the season with a torn ACL, so maybe they’ll try to bring back a familiar face to fill the void.
According to Josh Reed of WIVB in Buffalo, the Eagles have at least made a phone call about LeSean McCoy.
The #Eagles have reached out to the #Bills about a possible trade for LeSean McCoy, per source. Philly just lost RB Jay Ajayi for the season due to a torn ACL. McCoy spent the first 6 seasons of his career with the Eagles and is the franchise all-time leading rusher.— Josh Reed (@4JoshReed) October 9, 2018
This makes some sense. McCoy is the Eagles' all-time leading rusher and it seems like he never lost his affinity for Philly since he's been in Buffalo. And it was Chip Kelly, not Howie Roseman, who traded McCoy away before the 2015 season.
Shady is 30 now and it seems like his best days might be behind him. In four games this season, McCoy has 45 carries for 170 yards and no touchdowns. He also had 10 catches for 64 yards. These aren’t the numbers we’ve been accustomed to seeing from McCoy.
Last season, McCoy had his second consecutive 1,000-yard rushing season, but he's averaged just 3.8 yards per carry in 2018.
McCoy does offer the ability to run the ball and catch out of the backfield, which is a positive. And he knows the basics of this offense from his years under Andy Reid. That would help him acclimate quicker than a running back without that familiarity.
McCoy would come back with his fair share of baggage, most recently, he was accused of somehow being involved in a home invasion where his ex-girlfriend was beaten and robbed.
While McCoy has been able to play and while ESPN reported in September that police in Milton, Georgia didn’t discover any evidence that would implicate McCoy, this whole situation is still ongoing and took a twist when his son’s mother corroborated previous allegations and alleged that McCoy abuses his own son. And it’s not his first run-in with the law or the first incident of questionable character of which McCoy has been associated.
Without bringing someone in, the Eagles will need to rely on Corey Clement and Wendell Smallwood until Darren Sproles returns from his hamstring injury.
McCoy also has a significant cap hit this and his base salary is over $6 million. He has one year left on his contract after 2018. The Eagles did just restructure Fletcher Cox’s contract, which would give them the flexibility to add McCoy if they choose to go that way.
This seems like a longshot, but it’s not completely out of the realm of possibility.