The Eagles tried to reacquire running back LeSean McCoy from the Bills in an effort to erase what Philadelphia General Manager Howie Roseman considered a mistake made by former coach Chip Kelly, according to a report from the New York Daily News.
In a feature centered around how Roseman rebuilt the Eagles into a Super Bowl team, Manesh Mehta cites sources who said the Eagles made "off-the-books" offers to get McCoy, who spent his first six season with the Eagles.
From the Daily News:
Roseman found the centerpiece of his team in (Carson) Wentz, but there was one player that he couldn’t add: McCoy.
Kelly’s decision to trade McCoy to Buffalo for (Kiko) Alonso never made sense. Roseman tried to get McCoy back in a deal with Buffalo through back-channel intermediaries, according to sources. One of Philly’s off-the-books offers for McCoy, who has been a Pro Bowler in each of his three seasons with the Bills, was a package of players that included wide receiver Jordan Matthews, according to sources. Matthews ultimately was traded to the Bills for cornerback Ronald Darby last summer.
The Bills acquired McCoy in exchange for Alonso in March 2015. McCoy has been a Pro Bowler in his three seasons in Buffalo. The Eagles eventually flipped Alonso and Byron Maxwell along with the No. 8 pick in the 2016 draft to move up to No. 8 and select Wentz.
McCoy has not been shy about his animosity toward Kelly for trading him.
“I got a lot of love for Philadelphia – not the little, short coach who’s with the kids, where he belong," McCoy said two weeks ago on the NFL Network in reference to Kelly now being back in the college game at UCLA.