A day before NFL teams can officially add free agents and make trades, the Philadelphia Eagles are making moves to shake up their roster. According to multiple reports, the team will trade running back DeMarco Murray, linebacker Kiko Alonso and defensive back Byron Maxwell on Wednesday.
Murray’s agents have confirmed that a deal is being finalized to send the running back to the Tennessee Titans. Alonso and Maxwell will reportedly head to the Miami Dolphins.
— SportsTrust Advisors (@_SportsTrust) March 8, 2016
Kiko Alonso/Byron Maxwell trade to Dolphins close to conclusion, NFL sources confirm. Kiko, of course, will be pending physical.
— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) March 7, 2016
A year after Murray led the NFL in rushing as a member of the Dallas Cowboys, he had the worst season of his career. He signed a five-year deal worth $40 million with Philadelphia, but he led the Eagles with just 702 yards on the ground. With Ryan Matthews and Darren Sproles on the Eagles’ roster, Murray carried the ball 193 times, giving him 199 fewer attempts than the year before.
Murray reportedly was unhappy with his role in the offense for the 2015 season and wanted to be traded. The team fired head coach Chip Kelly, but the running back is still looking for a fresh start elsewhere.
According to ESPN’s Ed Werder, the Eagles discussed a potential deal with the Cowboys, but an agreement couldn’t be reached. Instead, Murray will head to Tennessee, agreeing to rework his contract that guaranteed him $21 million. It’s unknown exactly what Philadelphia will receive in return, though they are expected to get draft picks.
The Eagles signed Murray after they made a controversial trade, sending LeSean McCoy to the Buffalo Bills in exchange for Alonso. Alonso and Maxwell, who signed a six-year deal worth $63 million with Philadelphia, were two of the team’s biggest 2015 offseason acquisitions. Now it appears that they will play for the Dolphins in 2016 as Philadelphia looks to undo most of Kelly’s handiwork.
If the Eagles trade Ryan Mathews, Sam Bradford will be the only Chip Kelly acquisition from last March left on the roster.
— Joe Giglio (@JoeGiglioSports) March 8, 2016
Miami will reportedly send Philadelphia undisclosed draft picks. Alonso recorded 43 tackles in 11 games with the Eagles, while Maxwell had two interceptions in 14 games.
After Kelly led the Eagles to their second straight 10-6 season, the major roster changes that he made last offseason backfired. Twenty-six players rushed for more yards than Murray last year, and only two teams gave up more yards than the Eagles. Sam Bradford signed a new lucrative two-year contract with the team last week, though he was a disappointment in his only season with Philadelphia.
Doug Pederson replaces Kelly after being the Kansas City Chiefs’ offensive coordinator for three seasons under former Eagles coach Andy Reid.