Last night it was revealed that the Philadelphia Eagles had agreed to trade LeSean McCoy to the Buffalo Bills in exchange for Kiko Alonso. On the surface it makes sense, the Bills get a dynamic play-maker, the Eagles who had reduced McCoy's role get rid of his salary and bring in a young stand-out defensive player who Chip Kelly knows from his Oregon days.
The thought of our defense facing LeSean McCoy twice a year is downright scary, but I imagine our defense will look pretty different come the start of the season. The thought of Buffalo losing a player who started his career on fire is appealing. Kiko didn't play last year due to injury, but in 2013 he tallied up 159 tackles, 2 sacks, 4 interceptions and 1 forced fumble. He was quick, athletic and instinctive.
On the flip side, LeSean McCoy is one of the most dynamic players in the league. He's only 26 and in 4 of his 6 seasons in the NFL he has rushed for over 1,000 yards. Over a 6 year career he's racked up 6,792 yards, 44 touchdowns on the ground and 2,282 yards and 10 touchdowns through the air. I imagine Chip Kelly trusts his system to produce stats like that every year and in the end he found McCoy expendable.
However all this takes me back to my original headline point. C.J Spiller will soon become a free agent and apparently the Jets are extremely interested. C.J had said he would like to stay in Buffalo and the Bills in turn had confirmed they would like to keep him. However with LeSean McCoy soon arriving, there won't be room in that town for the both of them, meaning the Bills are likely out of the running for Spiller.
The Jets will likely offer a very competitive salary to C.J, who's previously confirmed he'd be interested in signing with Chan Gailey and the Jets. With interest from C.J and reported interest from the Jets, it would make sense to consider us the new favourite to land C.J Spiller. So while Buffalo acquiring a dynamic player isn't great news for the AFC East, it will enhance our chances of signing C.J Spiller.