The Eagles sent shockwaves across the NFL last month, trading away star running back LeSean McCoy to the Buffalo Bills. Fans were largely left in the dark as to why head coach Chip Kelly would trade the franchise’ leading rusher. Some pointed to a slight dip in production, while others speculated of a falling out between coach and player.

According to a source with ties to NFL Films, the league has footage of running back LeSean McCoy “threatening to hit” Chip Kelly during the last game of the season against the Giants. The source claims that the league knew McCoy would “be off the team months before” the trade was announced.

Since being dealt to the Bills in exchange for promising linebacker Kiko Alonso, McCoy hasn’t shied away from speaking out against his former coach and team. Former running back LaDanian Tomlinson, now of NFL Network, discussed a conversation he had with McCoy on NFL Total Access, saying “[McCoy] talked about how he and Chip Kelly’s relationship had become a little strained, and he just did not think Philly was committed to him…He felt the writing was on the wall that they were trying to move on this offseason, and sure enough we have this trade.”

McCoy himself was on the Rich Eisen show, and said that that he and Tomlinson has similar issues in their careers. “He’s a guy that’s been in my shoes as far as being on a team for so long and then not seeing eye-to-eye,” McCoy said, “and maybe, potentially having to leave.”   McCoy recently told The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Jeff McLane that he doesn’t feel Kelly values his marquee players: “I don’t think he likes or respects the stars. I’m being honest. I think he likes the fact that it’s ‘Chip Kelly and the Eagles.”

Many felt the trade was fueled from financial issues, as McCoy was set to count $12 million against the Eagles cap. However, the team then signed former Cowboy DeMarco Murray to a similarly hefty price.

McCoy described Kelly’s demeanor to McLane, stating “the tension – the this or that – he doesn’t like that.” This “tension” seemingly boiled over in the season finale, setting the eventual countdown on McCoy’s time in Philly.


UPDATE: Mike Pantaleone of Broken Bell Sports called NFL Films himself to verify the validity of this story, and came away from the conversation with this:

“While most reports end up being bogus, this one appears to be the real deal. I called NFL Films personally, and spoke with a woman who referred me to another number in New York and said they were aware of this and that they “wouldn’t touch it”.”

Pantaleone went on the further tell us that when he called, quote, “NFL Films seemed terrified”.


UPDATE 2: Brian McCarthy, VP of Communications at NFL, stated: “We have not heard of anyone who has that footage at NFL Films.”




  1. Christopher Usewicz (@chrisk1442)

    May 31, 2015 at 6:22 AM

    Demarco was signed to a similar contract as Shady? Was Bansal’s math a little off somewhere? When we get two running backs with change left over for the cost of Shady, maybe the price was a bit high? For those who watched Shady last year, he had trouble getting short yardage. More first down runs ended up with him getting the team a second and long. He tried for a homeruns every run, instead of just going for a couple yards. His last year started off on the wrong foot and the year didn’t get much better.

  2. Ann Ravina

    April 10, 2015 at 9:02 AM

    Hey don’t be a hater… You were 18 once. Maybe he had better sources

    • Charles Territo

      April 10, 2015 at 9:14 AM

      Ana, I hope you were not referring to me and my comment. I don’t hate anyone or any team other than NE. I only asked where is the tape to prove this is true. Rumors suck we can agree on. To me without any tape to back his accusation this is just a rumor.

  3. Charles Territo

    April 10, 2015 at 8:25 AM

    It’s so damn easy to make an accusation on anyone at any time. But where is this reported tape? Without the tape do you really expect anyone to believe this is true other than disgruntled Eagles fans? Seems like lazy reporting to me.

    • Rob

      April 11, 2015 at 2:19 AM

      We aren’t disgruntled. We got Murray, Mathews and Sproles. That’s nothing to sneeze at. And we got a good young talent with Kiko. Shady was a favorite of mine but it is what it is, and it’s over and done with. I’m a fan of the Eagles. I support team first, not players. Only thing I dislike is Shady is still talking shit when he should concentrate on his new team. And only thing I was disgruntled about was buying a Shady jersey a few months before he gets traded. Only throwbacks for me going forward lol

  4. Christopher Usewicz

    April 10, 2015 at 2:54 AM

    SO Shady should have said Chip traded me cuz I threatened to knock him out. Oops, someone should have told him cameras are everywhere. Wonder how long everyone will feel bad for him but in reality, it was Chip’s fault, he should’ve stuck with him even after Shady danced his way to negative yardage when it counted the most. I keep hearing about Shady’s total yardage but few looked at the numbers behind the numbers.

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