McCoy is one of the premier running backs in the NFL. In his first six years with the Eagles, McCoy enjoyed four 1,000-yard rushing seasons including a career-best 1,607 yards in 2013. Last year his production dipped to 1,319 yards and his average yards per carry was a whopping yard less than it had been in 2013. But still McCoy is a legitimate star who had only 163 fewer yards rushing last season than the entire Bills’ team.
And what did the Eagles get in a return for a Pro Bowl running back? A linebacker who missed all of 2014 due to a knew injury. Doesn’t exactly sound like value to me. Yes Alonso was brilliant his rookie year, but can he get back to that level after missing a whole season?
McCoy’s addition means the Bills will pass on re-signing running back C.J. Spiller, who is eligible to become a free agent next week.
“[Bills] management called me and told me that they were going in that direction,” Spiller said on NFL Network’s Total Access. “Pretty much giving me a ‘Thank you for your service.’ “
Alonso will be reunited with Chip Kelly, who coached the linebacker at his previous job at Oregon. Alonso made an immediate impact in Buffalo after being selected in the second round of the 2013 draft.
“Hard worker and very competitive. He likes to fly around, high energy guy,” Spiller said of Alonso. “Student of the game. Definitely doesn’t miss many tackles in the open field. He can guard running backs, he can get on tight ends, he’s physical. They’re getting a great player. Hard worker. Me and him kind of rehabbed together – he was doing his knee and I was doing my collarbone – and I’ve seen the work that he was putting in. They’re getting a great individual. He’s just a great person. He’s down to earth, quiet, never really got into all of the hype.”
He emerged as an NFL defensive rookie of the year contender after leading Buffalo with 159 tackles, two fumble recoveries and tied for the team lead with four interceptions while barely missing a snap in playing all 16 games.
In Buffalo, McCoy will be reunited with former Eagles running back Bryce Brown, who was acquired by the Bills in a trade in May. With questions at quarterback, the Bills are intending to introduce a run-heavy offense under Ryan and new offensive coordinator Greg Roman.