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LeSean McCoy traded from Philadelphia Eagles to Buffalo Bills for Kiko Alonso, report says

Running back LeSean McCoy #25 of the Philadelphia

Running back LeSean McCoy #25 of the Philadelphia Eagles runs the ball against strong safety Kenny Phillips #21 of the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. (Nov. 20, 2011) Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

Neither the Giants nor Jets were directly involved in the NFL's megatrade that went down Tuesday night in which the Eagles reportedly sent running back LeSean McCoy to the Bills in exchange for linebacker Kiko Alonso. The fallout from the deal, though, could impact both of the New York teams in many ways.

Obviously the trade moves one of the most dangerous running backs in the league from the Giants' division to the Jets'. And it moves one of the young up-and-coming defensive stars of the league in the other direction. But there are further ramifications.

For one, it makes Bills running back C.J. Spiller available as a free agent for both teams to pursue. Spiller, appearing on NFL Network, said he was told by the Bills that they will not be re-signing him. Giants general manager Jerry Reese said recently that the team is looking for an explosive running back to fill the void left by David Wilson's early retirement. The Jets, too, could be looking for such a running back after cutting ties with Chris Johnson last month.

The Eagles still have Darren Sproles in their backfield, but they also could be in the market for DeMarco Murray, a free agent from the Cowboys, as well as Spiller. Asked about going to the Eagles during his appearance on NFL Network, Spiller said: "I'm pretty sure that Chip [Kelly] has my agent's phone number, so I'm pretty sure we might have to make a call over there."

The trade also opens a hole for the Bills at linebacker. While there will be other options for the team, new coach Rex Ryan undoubtedly will be interested in pursuing free agent David Harris of the Jets.

The trade was just the final part of a busy few days for the Eagles. They also released -- or reportedly are going to release -- linebacker Trent Cole, cornerback Cary Williams, guard Todd Herremans and tight end James Casey. Those moves would clear a combined $30.275 million of cap space, almost $12 million of it going to Buffalo with McCoy. McCoy is signed through 2017, a contract the Bills will inherit (although one likely to be reworked).

Alonso, who played Kelly at Oregon, has two years remaining on his rookie contract. He missed all of the 2014 season with a torn ACL.

McCoy's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said on Twitter that the deal has not yet been finalized. The trade will not be official until the NFL year begins next week.

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