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Gathering perspectives on Bills' blockbuster trade

3/4/2015

The morning after the Buffalo Bills agreed to trade linebacker Kiko Alonso to the Philadelphia Eagles for running back LeSean McCoy, let's take a spin around ESPN for others' thoughts on the deal:

  • Pro Football Focus' Rick Drummond, writing for ESPN Insider, grades the trade for both teams. He gives the Bills a C, noting that Buffalo had the NFL's worst run-blocking offensive line last season. He assigns the Eagles an A for the trade.

  • Neil Paine and Walt Hickey of FiveThirtyEight provide dueling takes on the trade, with Payne saying Rex Ryan is "insane" and Hickey saying Ryan is "crazy like a fox."

  • ESPN Eagles reporter Phil Sheridan writes that Chip Kelly, who has been given power over personnel decisions, is putting his mark on his team. The Eagles now have $50 million in 2015 cap space as a result of the trade.

  • ESPN Jets reporter Rich Cimini gives the Jets' perspective on the trade, including its trickle-down affect on Jets linebacker David Harris and Bills running back C.J. Spiller.

  • ESPN Patriots reporter Mike Reiss gives the Patriots' perspective on the trade, noting that it could strengthen the Bills' case to be New England's season-opening opponent this fall.

  • ESPN senior writer Christopher Harris takes a look at the trade from a fantasy perspective, saying he doesn't feel that McCoy is on the decline.

  • ESPN Stats & Information takes a deeper look at the Bills' and Eagles' running games last season and what the trade means from a statistical standpoint.