Pro Bowl Tackle Endorses LeSean McCoy Returning to Eagles

LeSean McCoy

Getty LeSean McCoy spent the last four seasons with the Bills.

Everyone knows it’s always sunny in Philadelphia but is it always shady in Philly? Time will tell.

The Eagles have been reportedly flirting with LeSean McCoy in free agency. They want a veteran running back to spell starter Miles Sanders and mentor the breakout star from Penn State. McCoy is on their wish list, for the right price (read: veteran minimum). So is former Falcons rusher Devonta Freeman.

McCoy, who spent six years in Philly, remains the franchise’s all-time leading rusher with 6,792 yards. He came into the league around the same time as DeSean Jackson and was on the roster when Lane Johnson started to blossom at right tackle. Johnson served as a lead blocker for McCoy for two Pro Bowl seasons, in 2013 and 2014.

During his new “Outside the Lane” Instagram show, Johnson offered an opinion on a possible reunion with McCoy. He was joined by Jackson when a fan brought it up.

“I want to see it,” Johnson said. “You already know how I feel.”

Jackson has never hidden his feelings about McCoy re-joining the Eagles. The two players have maintained a tight bond since their first tour of duty in Philly — remember, Jackson and McCoy were both cast off like trash by former coach Chip Kelly — and desperately want to win a championship together for the team that drafted them.

“We might get him back,” Jackson said on a recent Instagram chat.

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Bleacher Report Predicts Freeman to Eagles

Meanwhile, the Eagles have reportedly offered Freeman a one-year contract as they continue to weigh their options for a veteran back. The two-time Pro Bowl rusher gained 3,972 yards and 32 touchdowns in six seasons for Atlanta.

Bleacher Report compiled a list detailing the “1 Move Every NFL Team Still Needs to Make in 2020 Offseason.” Not surprisingly, they pegged Freeman going to Philly as one of the moves. Here is what Brent Sobleski wrote:

The Philadelphia Eagles value the running back position as much or more than any other NFL franchise. The organization already has Miles Sanders, Boston Scott, Corey Clement and Elijah Holyfield on the roster.

Even so, the front office remains interested in signing veteran Devonta Freeman to join the backfield.

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Jeff McLane, the Eagles already offered a deal for the six-year veteran to consider.

Freeman turned down a Seattle Seahawks offer because it didn’t meet his demands, according to SiriusXM NFL Radio’s Adam Caplan (h/t Fantasy Points’ Joe Dolan).

The same situation could arise with Philadelphia, but the Eagles could offer an incentive-based contract to entice the veteran and have him improve an already deep position group.

Again, this is just one writer’s wild speculation and opinion. But an offer has already been made to Freeman.


McCoy: ‘I Could See Myself There in Philly’

McCoy has been beating the drum for a Philly reunion going all the way back to the Super Bowl. He really wants to finish what he started in 2009. Plus, as McCoy noted, the Eagles haven’t assigned his old No. 25 to another player.

“I could see that. On another note, since I left, you haven’t seen the 25 active in green, so you never know,” McCoy told NFL.com in May. “I’ma keep my options open, though. I could see myself there in Philly. Like I said, that’s home, so you never know.”

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