Will Shady Come Home?
Former Eagles running back Lesean "Shady" McCoy is a free agent after winning a Super Bowl with the Kansas City Chiefs. McCoy, who will turn 32 in July, played six seasons with the Eagles before being traded to Buffalo in 2015. McCoy became a free agent after four seasons with the Bills and later signed with the Kansas City Chiefs in the middle of the 2019 season.
During his time in Philly, McCoy became the all-time leading rusher for the Eagles. Shady, along with wide receiver Desean Jackson (who rejoined the Eagles in 2019), provided an electric element to the ground and air game, cementing them as one of the fans' favorite offensive duos. Throughout his career, McCoy averaged 4.5 rushing yards per attempt and 69.2 rushing yards per game. He has proved to be a reliable running back throughout his tenured career.
Prior to signing with the Chiefs, talk of McCoy rejoining the team in 2019 had Eagles fans buzzing, but it was quickly put to rest when he had a chance to join his former coach Andy Reid. Jackson, on the other hand, jumped at the opportunity to return to Philly, signing a three-year deal, good through 2021.
As a free agent again, McCoy took to Instagram on Friday, posting two highlight clips of himself in midnight green with the caption "PHILADELPHIA=home".
But that's not all, Jackson replied to the post, commenting "It's a Reunion...home coming".
So what does this mean? The way I see it, there's two options. The first, McCoy is planning to call it a career after signing a one-day deal with the Birds, allowing him to retire as an Eagle. The second, Shady is plotting a return to Philly.
With no indication of retirement being an option, it is more likely McCoy is hoping for an Eagles homecoming, as Jackson put it.
But is signing LeSean McCoy realistic? It's true, the Eagles are in need of a running back. After Jordan Howard signed with the Dolphins and Darren Sproles announced his retirement, the Birds are left with Miles Sanders and Boston Scott as their top two RBs. While Sanders has proven he is more than capable of taking on a heavy load, this will only be his second year in the NFL. McCoy could bring the veteran experience the position is lacking. If this were to happen, it's likely Sanders would be the go-to guy, while McCoy would assume the role of RB2. With that being said, the Eagles have focused on youth this free agency and signing McCoy wouldn't really fit into that pattern.
Based on social media interactions, it seems fans and players would love to see Shady come home to Philly. Now the choice is up to front office.