In what may be the NFL's biggest player-for-player deal since Denver got Champ Bailey from Washington in exchange for Clinton Portis, Philly will trade superstar running back LeSean McCoy to Buffalo next week in exchange for linebacker Kiko Alonso, according to Adam Schefter.
Trades may not become official until the new league year begins, at 4pm ET on Tuesday, March 10.
McCoy led the NFL in rushing yardage and yards from scrimmage in 2013; he totaled 1,474 yards from scrimmage and five touchdowns in 2014. He'll turn 27 in July, is due to be paid a $9.75M salary in 2015, and is signed through 2017. It was reported last week that Philly might ask McCoy to take a pay cut.
Bills running back Fred Jackson is under contract for one more year, while C.J. Spiller is a pending unrestricted free agent and is clearly headed elsewhere.
Alonso, a 2013 second-rounder, started 16 games and graded out at plus-10.3 over 1,176 snaps as a rookie. But his sophomore season was lost to a torn ACL suffered while training in Oregon (where he attended college) last summer. Alonso's rookie deal runs through 2016.