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Buffalo Bills officially win LeSean McCoy/Kiko Alonso trade

Say what you want about Doug Whaley, but the Bills GM knows how to pull off favorable trades.

On March 3, 2015, the Buffalo Bills and Philadelphia Eagles agreed to a "blockbuster" player-for-player trade. Buffalo would send linebacker Kiko Alonso to Philadelphia and receive running back LeSean McCoy in return. On paper, the trade made plenty of sense for both parties.

Buffalo planned on utilizing a ground and pound offense in 2015 under Rex Ryan. Adding McCoy, one of the NFL's best running backs, made plenty of sense. The back gave the Bills a superstar on offense.

In Philadelphia, Alonso would be reunited with Chip Kelly, his college coach. Alonso missed the entire 2014 season with an ACL injury, but he racked up 159 tackles, two sacks, four interceptions, and four passes defensed as a rookie. Based on his play as a rookie and familiarity with Kelly, many people assumed that Alonso would be a great fit in Philadelphia. 

Almost one year later to the day, Alonso has been dealt to the Miami Dolphins. If it wasn't already clear that Buffalo fleeced the Eagles, it is now.

McCoy battled injuries throughout the 2015 season, but he still put up a Pro Bowl campaign. The running back averaged 4.4 yards per carry and gained 895 yards on the ground in his first season in Buffalo. He added another 292 yards in the receiving game and scored five total touchdowns in 12 games. At one point, McCoy went seven straight games with over 100 total yards. McCoy played a large role in Buffalo finishing first in the league in rushing.

Alonso on the other hand, didn't make much of an impact with the Eagles. The linebacker finished the 2015 season with 43 total tackles, one interception, and one pass defensed. Alonso's interception and pass defensed both came in the first game of the season. In 11 total games (one start), Alonso only made a true impact in one game. Alonso looked out of place on the field in Philadelphia and now he'll move to Miami and play for his third team in four seasons.

When the Eagles called the Bills last year and offered the team LeSean McCoy, it almost seemed too good to be true. One year later, the deal is looking even better for Buffalo. The Bills "won" the trade and it wasn't even close. 


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