by Paul “The Closer” Wanecski
The Eagles came calling for WR Robert Woods this offseason, looking to swap him for RB LeSean McCoy, but the Bills countered with another player. Shockwaves were sent through Buffalo when young linebacker Kiko Alonso was dealt to Philadelphia instead; bringing to halt one of the funniest hashtags circling the 716 and Twitter-verse in #TheLegendOfKiko. Kiko was seen as disposable when compared to Woods, which seems like insanity to a lot of Bills fans. Hopefully you will get a bit more clarity here.
Profootballtalk.com posted an article April 1st, 2015 discussing how the Eagles dealing McCoy wasn’t much of a surprise, quoting Malcom Jenkins’ opinion of Chip Kelly’s offensive playing style compared to LeSean McCoy. I don’t think it is unfair to say that sounds like a bit of revisionist’s history. McCoy was the transmission that drove the bus, logging a lot of miles and establishing himself as one of the best 5 running backs in the NFL. The Bills were able to acquire an established player in MCCoy for a player that has flashed potential. Clearly Kiko's connection with his former coach with whom he already has familiarity is an exhausted topic at this point. I think most teams would be willing to part with a player with one season of NFL playing time after missing all last season recovering from knee surgery for the 2013 NFL Rushing Leader (he was also ranked #5 in 2014 by NFL players in the yearly “NFL Top 100”, a survey taken of active players ranking). This trade speaks more about the Buffalo Bills belief in Robert Woods than it does of the teams concerns over a recovering Kiko Alonso.