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NFL free agency: LeSean McCoy could see himself returning to Eagles

NFL free agency: LeSean McCoy could see himself returning to Eagles

The Eagles are looking for a veteran running back.

LeSean McCoy is looking for a team.

Hmmmm.

“I could see that,” McCoy said Wednesday on NFL Network’s Good Morning Football. “On another note, since I left, you haven't seen the 25 active in green, so you never know. I’m going to keep my options open, though. I could see myself there in Philly. Like I said, that's home, so you never know.”

Does it make sense?

McCoy, who spent the 2009 through 2014 seasons with the Eagles and is the franchise’s all-time leading rusher, won a Super Bowl with Andy Reid and the Chiefs last year but is now an unrestricted free agent.

He’s made six Pro Bowls — three with the Eagles, three with the Bills — and has 11,071 career rushing yards.

Last year was a strange one for McCoy, who had 362 rushing yards and a 5.3 average halfway through last season but then got only 32 carries in the Chiefs’ last 11 games and played just one snap in the postseason.

He still finished his 12th NFL season with a 4.6 average, 14th-highest in the NFL.

The Eagles re-signed Corey Clement last week but are reportedly in the market for a veteran running back behind Miles Sanders and Boston Scott.

Although McCoy is 31 years old, his 4.6 average last year was 10th-highest in NFL history by a back 31 or older with a minimum of 100 carries.

McCoy, the Eagles’ 2nd-round pick in 2009, made it clear he wants to play at least one more year.

“This last go-around, man, for the last time, just to put my stamp on my career, and I want to (go) out the way I came in,” he said. “Hard worker, man, with some success. I'll probably put one more year together, depending on how I feel, but one year for sure, man, just to put my stamp on it.”

McCoy is 22nd in NFL history with 11,071 rushing yards and 27th in NFL history with 14,868 scrimmage yards.

Of the 31 players in NFL history with 10,000 rushing yards, his 4.5 career average is seventh-highest.

He’s one of just seven players in league history with 10,000 rushing yards and 500 receptions.

McCoy and Eagles running backs coach Duce Staley are very close — Staley was his position coach here in 2013 and 2014 — and head coach Doug Pederson was on Reid’s staff during McCoy’s first four seasons with the Eagles.

Chip Kelly exiled McCoy to Buffalo after the 2014 season in a trade for Kiko Alonso. Despite playing just four seasons in Buffalo, he’s the sixth-leading rusher in Bills history with 3,814 yards.

The Bills released him very late — on Aug. 31, just a week before last year’s opener — and he signed with the Chiefs the next day.

“The difference between now and before — when I went to Kansas City — I kind of can control it,” McCoy said. “Earlier, I didn't have enough time to pick the right team, the right situation. When I got released, it was so quick, I had so many teams coming at me, I didn't know where to go. ... Now, like I've turned some teams down depending on the styles, who they have there, are we winning? I went to the Super Bowl (with) Patrick Mahomes, now I can't just go to any team. I'm just waiting, I've been talking to teams and I'll make the right decision.”

A year ago Howie Roseman brought DeSean Jackson back to the Eagles six years after Kelly got rid of him.

Is Roseman about to reacquire another one of Kelly’s castoffs?

Sounds like McCoy sure hopes so.

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Eagles' Jalen Reagor has perfect response for Skip Bayless criticism

Eagles' Jalen Reagor has perfect response for Skip Bayless criticism

Jalen Reagor hasn't yet set foot on a football field wearing midnight green, but the Eagles' first-round pick is already a pro at comebacks.

Professional Talker Skip Bayless popped off about Reagor's (admittedly unexpected) draft slot late last week, making fun of the Eagles for taking Reagor at No. 21 overall.

Here's what Bayless had to say:

I about fell out of my chair over that, for the wrong reason. Jalen Reagor went way higher than any draft expert had mocked him. I'm mocking that pick right now, because I thought it was a silly pick, because there were four, five other receivers I would've taken over Jalen Reagor.

There are, of course, different ways to responds when a person like Bayless (loud, looking for attention) singles out a player.

You can try to argue the points made, and point out that while Reagor going at No. 21 overall may have been a surprise, you'd be hard pressed to name four wideouts who went after Reagor and are widely seen as better players.

Justin Jefferson at No. 22? Fine. Brandon Aiyuk at No. 25 is a pick 'em, as is Tee Higgins at No. 33, and most basically everyone would give Reagor the edge over guys like Laviska Shenault, K.J. Hamler, and Chase Claypool.

You can take the petty angle and remind Bayless, a noted Cowboys fan, which team is the reigning NFC East champion. (It's the Eagles.)

Or you can be Reagor, and simply tell Bayless that you heard what he thinks, and keep it moving:

Nice and subtle. Reagor is keeping a list, but he's unbothered. Perfect.

Something tells me this clip will be re-shared plenty when Reagor scores his first touchdown against the Cowboys.

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How Tom Brady says the Eagles helped create the 'Patriot Way' in New England

How Tom Brady says the Eagles helped create the 'Patriot Way' in New England

ESPN's decision to seize on the success of "The Last Dance" by teasing a similar documentary about Tom Brady has grabbed sports fans' attention, even if the doc doesn't come out until 2021.

And while reliving Brady's greatest accomplishments isn't an ideal way to spend several hours, the way the Eagles are intertwined with Brady's Patriots legacy certainly suggests there will be tons of insights for Philly fans in the final product.

Like, maybe, Brady saying he feels the fabled 'Patriot Way' began because of the Eagles.

Here's the doc's producer Gotham Chopra, talking to Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer, on the way Brady viewed his time in New England:

CHOPRA: There was something we recently did on that 2004 Super Bowl, where he talked about the culture of that team. All this stuff you hear about Patriot Way, and Do Your Job, stuff that Bill has created over the years, the philosophies, this is the year that really happened.

He’s like, ‘First year, kind of a miracle. The next Super Bowl, O.K., now we’re getting our feel. And that first Eagles Super Bowl, this is where the Patriot Way was born.’

Welp.

Odds are good the Patriots would've been great for the last 15 years no matter what, but it's sort of frustrating to know the Eagles losing to Brady helped, at least in Brady's mind, establish New England's brand of success.

Who knows: If Donovan McNabb & Co. managed to pull out the win, maybe we would've had a very different last 15 years.

One thing Eagles fans can get excited for, at least, is Brady's reaction to losing Super Bowl LII to the Eagles.

It's unclear how much behind-the-scenes stuff we'll see from the game - Chopra said Brady suddenly got cold feet about filming in Minneapolis that week - but It sounds like it really changed him as a person:

CHOPRA: What he told me about that Eagles loss, it was dealing with it as a father, dealing with it as a husband. He was a very different person than with the Giants losses, he had a different perspective that I think poised him for that game. I thought, ‘Wow, it’s really interesting how a guy who’s still at it is learning like that.’ Because he’s like [Michael] Jordan, he’s incomparable. There’s no one else who has that story, has that perspective.

It's so strange to think how, despite playing in a different conference, the Eagles have played a pretty significant role in shaping the way the world sees Brady and the Patriots.

For better, and for worse.

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