For months — well, years really — LeSean McCoy seemed excited about the possibility of returning to Philadelphia, where his No. 25 has remained available. But that didn’t happen.
Shady signed with the Buccaneers and will join Tom Brady in Tampa (Tompa) Bay.
But on a Zoom call with reporters Tuesday, Shady said the Eagles were showing him interest before he signed with the Bucs.
Philly was an option that LeSean McCoy said “was another big one that I really wanted to explore”.— James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) August 4, 2020
In the end he picked Tampa:
“I’m in Tampa. Nice weather and I’m playing with Tom Brady. How can you beat that?" https://t.co/LznaDmv95N
Earlier this offseason, the Eagles had expressed some interest in veteran running backs and the three they were linked with most were Carlos Hyde, Devonta Freeman and McCoy. The only one of the three that remains available is Freeman.
I’m told LeSean McCoy was interested in returning to Philly and there was a lot of talk back and forth— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) August 4, 2020
But I’m told a real official offer was never made to Shady https://t.co/zpEX1XIrFM
The Eagles feel pretty comfortable with the running back group they have right now and are ready to roll with some younger players. Their top two running backs are Miles Sanders and Boston Scott. After that, they have Corey Clement, Elijah Holyfield, Mike Warren and Adrian Killins.
Coming into training camp, the Eagles wanted to get an extended look at some of those younger players. For instance, they had a draft able grade on Holyfield last year and had a draftable grade on Warren this year.
McCoy is 32 now and it seems like his best days are behind him. Even though he was with the Chiefs last year, he didn’t play in the Super Bowl.
But he’ll always be remembered as an Eagle. The Birds drafted him at No. 53 in 2009 and he played six seasons in Philly before Chip Kelly traded him to Buffalo. McCoy is a six-time Pro Bowler, two-time All-Pro and the Eagles’ all-time leading rusher.
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