Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said he was aware LeSean McCoy was available
Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy is about to become a member of the Buffalo Bills if the reports are true. That being said, per profootballtalk.com, Arians said on NFL Network that the Arizona Cardinals were aware he was available but was not a fit for the team.
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The news did come as a bit of a surprise yesterday but Arians hinted what many others though, that Eagles coach Chip Kelly wants his guys to run his offense in Philadelphia. McCoy also is an expensive commodity. The rumored trade would return Bills linebacker Kiko Alonso.
The idea that he wouldn’t fit in Arizona is something Arians would know best of course but why isn’t he a fit? Common sense says he wasn’t a fit because of the system Arians runs, although Arians was very complimentary of him. I’ve seen some comments by fans saying he wasn’t a fit because of money. I find that hard to believe.
It is no secret the Arizona Cardinals are going to be looking for another running back. Adrian Peterson and DeMarco Murray have both been mentioned as possibilities for the Cards. Guess what, they cost money too. Arians wasn’t saying he wasn’t a fit because of finances. I don’t believe Arians thinks like that. General manager Steve Keim and team president Michael Bidwill might think like that but Arians is speaking from a football standpoint, not business.
It is interesting though that Arians came out and said he knew that McCoy was available. My guess is Philadelphia quietly let it be known within the front office circles around the NFL. McCoy was third in rushing in the NFL in 2014 with 1,319 yards and had five touchdowns. Both of those numbers were lower than what he produced in 2013. McCoy should be a great asset to Buffalo but it sounds like the Cardinals have bigger fish to fry.