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Eagles Making Costly Mistake Not Pursuing Trade for Le'Veon Bell

Eagles Making Costly Mistake Not Pursuing Trade for Le'Veon Bell

The Philadelphia Eagles are in need of backfield help after Jay Ajayi went down for the season with a torn ACL, and they may be looking to bring back a dynamic running back who began his career with the team.

McCoy has two seasons remaining on his deal.

As for the 2-3 Bills, you'd think they would be eager to trade the 30-year-old running back.

The team was fairly cap strapped, but with Fletcher Cox's contract reworked, the Eagles now have about $11 million in cap space, according to Spotrac. Ajayi totaled 873 rushing yards last season, playing seven games for both the Eagles and Dolphins.

The season, and possibility the entire tenure with the Eagles, is now over for Ajayi, who is in the previous year of his contract. That automatically fueled rumors of a trade for Le'Veon Bell, but ESPN's Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen reported that is not Philadelphia's plan.

Ajayi told reporters on Monday that he wished the Eagles rushed the ball more during Sunday's 23-21 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. Well, the Eagles are at least semi-interested, it appears. Furthermore, Darren Sproles has missed the last four games with a hamstring injury and Corey Clement, who is expected to play this week, missed the last two games with a quad injury. By using so-called Not Likely to Be Earned Incentives, the Eagles could dangle significant extra compensation to Bell for 2018 based on workload and performance, which then would hit the cap in 2019. Or, of course, they could try to pursue trades for other, cheaper running backs or simply sign an existing free agent.

Could LeSean McCoy be heading back to Philadelphia?