"We’ve been talking about the asset value of LeSean for a long time because he wasn’t the style of runner that Chip prefers, but a great player," Lurie said.
"Getting players that fit more of what he’s all about in terms of their style of play. LeSean McCoy is a great running back -- all-time franchise leader. Great guy in every way. To maximize his power spread offense, he’s always admired the one-cut runners. That’s what he admired.
"You’ve gotta let a coach try to bring in the players that fit best what he’s all about to maximize what he’s trying to accomplish. It really boils down to that. You have a decision as an owner: Do you want to fight that? Or do want to adopt it? I went all out to try and get Chip as the coach, and I’m really happy we did. He’s got a great potential future, and I’m happy to be able to provide him the resources to be able to maximize what he’s all about."
The Eagles also signed running back Ryan Mathews in free agency, who is closer in style to Murray than McCoy.
Eagles plan to spread the ball around with Murray, Mathews, Sproles
(3/12/15) After signing running backs DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews on Thursday, Eagles head coach Chip Kelly made it clear that he plans on spreading the ball around in the running game. He also said that he doesn't envision Murray being a workhorse back in the Eagles offense.
Murray and Mathews will be added to a backfield that recently lost LeSean McCoy in a trade to the Bills, but the team still has Darren Sproles. The head coach states that Sproles will still remain an integral part of the offense.
"Darren (Sproles) is a Swiss army knife. You can use him in a million different ways", says Kelly.
Eagles announce three-year deal with RB Ryan Mathews
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/12/15) Free agent running back Ryan Mathews signed a three-year deal with the Eagles, the team announced. The team did not disclose the money, but reports indicate Mathews will receive $11.5 million.
Mathews joined Philly despite the team also landing DeMarco Murray, the reigning NFL rushing leader. Earlier reports suggested Mathews might back out of his agreement once it became clear the Eagles also were signing Murray.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport called Murray and Mathews an "incredible duo," but the crowded backfield also includes Darren Sproles and Chris Polk.
An ankle injury limited Mathews to six games with San Diego last season, but in 2013 he rushed for 1,255 yards.
Report: RB Ryan Mathews agrees to three-year deal with Philly
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/11/15) Free agent running back Ryan Mathews agreed to a three-year, $11.5 million contract with the Eagles that includes $5 million guaranteed, reports ESPN's Adam Schefter. Mathews joins a backfield that must replace LeSean McCoy but includes Darren Sproles and Chris Polk.
Mathews, 27, spent his first five seasons in San Diego, rushing for a career-high 1,255 yards in 2013. An ankle injury limited him to six games last season.
Ryan Mathews had the rebound season many Fantasy owners were hoping for in 2013. But now he has to do it again -- and it won’t be easy. San Diego added Donald Brown as a free agent this offseason and, in theory, Donald Brown will replace Ronnie Brown and allow Mathews the chance to shine. But Donald Brown will be more of a factor this year. It would be a shame to limit Mathews' touches since he was a star last season with 285 carries for 1,255 yards and six touchdowns and 26 catches for 189 yards and a touchdown. The Chargers are saying all the right things about Mathews, who is entering a contract year, and we still consider him a No. 2 Fantasy running back. He is worth drafting in Round 4 and hopefully Donald Brown and Danny Woodhead won't hinder Mathews' progress. We just hope Mathews doesn't suffer a setback because last year he was a surprise sensation, and we'd like to see him do it again.