The Buffalo Bills couldn't believe it when they heard the Philadelphia Eagles were open to trading LeSean McCoy. It turns out that Philadelphia gave the Bills a few options in exchange for the running back. The Eagles were open to the idea of acquiring draft picks, linebacker Kiko Alonso or wide receiver Robert Woods. In the end, Buffalo opted to send Alonso to Philadelphia. Sal Palantonio reported the story on Tuesday night.
According to Palantonio, Philadelphia called the Bills out of the blue and offered McCoy for draft picks. Buffalo couldn't make a deal work as the team is already lacking picks so the Eagles turned to Buffalo's roster. The Eagles pitched Alonso or Woods for McCoy. Doug Whaley, Buffalo's GM, asked Rex Ryan who he'd rather trade and the coach chose to send Alonso in the deal. Thirty minutes later, the trade was complete.
Looking at Buffalo's roster, the Bills made the right choice. Woods was firmly Buffalo's No. 2 wide receiver heading into free agency and even with after signing Percy Harvin, there's no doubt that Woods will play a large role in Buffalo's offense.
Alonso on the other hand may have found himself buried on the depth chart at inside linebacker. In 2014, Nigel Bradham and Preston Brown played terrific football while Alonso rehabbed from a torn ACL. This season, Alonso would have split playing time with the duo in Rex Ryan's defense. The play of Bradham and Brown made Alonso expendable.