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The Eagles have reportedly agreed to what appears to be one of the most lopsided trades in franchise history, sending three-time Pro Bowl running back LeSean McCoy, the league’s NFL rushing champion two years ago, to the Buffalo Bills for a linebacker who missed the 2014 season with a torn knee ligament.
McCoy will be sent to Buffalo in exchange for third-year linebacker Kiko Alonso when the new league year begins March 10, according to report by ESPN's Adam Schefter.
However, according to McCoy's agent Drew Rosenhaus, a trade has not been completed.
"There is no trade for LeSean at this time," Rosenhaus tweeted. "There have been discussions but nothing finalized."
McCoy wrapped up the 2014 season with 1,319 yards, third-best in the NFL just one year after he won the NFL’s rushing title.
Alonso, a second-round pick out of Oregon who two years ago was a finalist for the league’s Defensive Player of the Year award, tore his ACL weeks before training camp last year and missed the entire season.
The move both saves the Eagles boatloads in cap space and reflects the massive roster turnover occurring as Chip Kelly prepares for his third season as head coach and first as personnel czar. Kelly, who recently assumed total personnel control, has been ridding the roster of high-priced veterans and Andy Reid holdovers as the team heads toward free agency.
By trading McCoy, who had two years left on contract at $6.9 million and $7.6 million, the will save more than $7.5 million in 2015 and see their cap space inflate to nearly $50 million.
The Eagles have already cut cornerback Cary Williams and veteran offensive linemen Todd Herremans and are slated to release veteran defensive end Trent Cole and let Brandon Graham go in free agency. The Eagles also opened cap space by cutting backup tight end James Casey, who was signed before Kelly's first season as head coach.
Filed to ESPN: Bills have notified LB Kiko Alonso he is going to be traded to Philadelphia for RB LeSean McCoy. Trade official next week.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 3, 2015