Unless Chip Kelly’s plan at tailback after trading LeSean McCoy consisted of agreeing to terms with Frank Gore and not consummating and then agreeing to terms with Ryan Mathews and not consummating and then surprising everyone by chasing DeMarco Murray, Kelly’s plan changed on the fly.
And the end result could be that Kelly has a new workhorse tailback who is cheaper than his last workhorse tailback and who has 656 fewer career touches than the guy who was shipped to Buffalo.
Before his trade, McCoy was on the books for cap numbers of $11.95 million, $8.85 million, and $7.85 million. Murray’s new deal pays out $42 million over five years. While the cap numbers for 2015 through 2017 aren’t yet known, Murray surely will count for far less than $11.95 million in 2015.
(McCoy, meanwhile, has gotten a five-year, $40 million deal from Buffalo; it’ll be very interesting to compare the details of the two contracts.)
So Kelly essentially traded McCoy for Murray and linebacker Kiko Alonso. Assuming Murray can be highly effective a year after a career-high 442-touch season in 2014, it ultimately could be a good deal for the Eagles — assuming Murray is indeed used as the workhorse.
The only thing odd about the outcome is the path Kelly took to get from McCoy to Murray. But that’s what makes Kelly unique. He’s always on his own path, whether it’s the path he intended or the one he just happened to stumble over.