On March 5th, 2015, the Buffalo Bills made a blockbuster trade, acquiring LeSean McCoy from the Philadelphia Eagles for third-year LB Kiko Alonso. Ever since then, fans have seen a new-look Bills team. They broke the 18-year playoff drought just two years later. Three years after that, they made the AFC Championship game. Let’s take a look at the trade.
How LeSean McCoy Did in Buffalo
After an astonishing six years in Philadelphia, where he totaled 6,792 yards, 44 TDs, and 4.6 yards per attempt, McCoy went to the lackluster Rex Ryan/Tyrod Taylor-led Bills. He ran for 3,814 yards and 25 TDs in Buffalo, earning three Pro Bowl nods along the way. Other than the stats, this move showed that the old lackluster Bills were gone for good. The Bills were looking to build an actual playoff contender, a proverbial “bully” in the AFC. And they wanted to do that with the players on that team. For the most part, that happened. The 2017 season was one of McCoy’s best as a Bill, totaling 1,138 yards and six TDs. He became a reliable asset for Tyrod Taylor and (rookie) Josh Allen.
How Kiko Alonso Did in Philly
The legend of Kiko Alonso took over the Bills fanbase right up until he was traded. Kiko started off as a second-round pick in 2013. That year, he totaled four INTs, four Passes Defensed, one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries, 159 tackles, and two sacks. After his eye opening rookie campaign, big things were expected of the young LB. Unfortunately, Bills fans learned that he tore his ACL working out in the off-season.
Kiko would then be reunited with his old Oregon HC Chip Kelly in Philadelphia. He would stay there for only one season, playing in 11 games. After that, he would go on to play three seasons for the Miami Dolphins (2016-2018) and one season for the New Orleans Saints (2019). Kiko also logged a brief stint for the San Fransisco 49ers when he was traded at the 2020 deadline, but never saw the field for them and was released soon after.
What Philadelphia was hoping for was the dominant, game-changing LB that flashed so much potential in Buffalo. In hindsight, a LB room with Kiko Alonso, Brandon Graham, DeMeco Ryans, and Mychal Kendricks could have done a lot of damage. But that’s hindsight. We’ll never know what could’ve been.
LeSean McCoy would retire in 2021, logging 11,102 rushing yards, 73 rushing TDs, two Super Bowl rings, and six Pro Bowl appearances.
The McCoy trade would go down as one of the best moves in Bills history and one of the final nails in Chip Kelly’s coffn.