As a matter of fact, since joining the Bills, McCoy has remained one of the best, if not the best, running back in the NFL. At the end of the day, the National Football League is a business, and considering the fearlessness this regime has shown in constructing trades over the past calendar year and change, it wouldn't be a total surprise if Beane pulls off another bold deal that moves one of his team's best players once again.
McCoy, for his part, wasn't interested in talking about any potential trades, either. He wrote then that they were "among the teams with interest" in trading for the three-time Pro Bowler, although he added that the Steelers were "not in any rush to deal" him.
McCoy, who missed the Bills' Week 3 win over Minnesota because of a rib injury, ran a season-high 24 times for 85 yards in Sunday's win over the Tennessee Titans.
One of the top running backs, Steelers LeVeon Bell, may get traded even with his return set for Week 7.
The Eagles now have just over $4.3 million in cap space. But McCoy would be less expensive, both in trade price and in salary over the next two years despite having a contract for 2019.
The season, and possibility the entire tenure with the Eagles, is now over for Ajayi, who is in the previous year of his contract. Philadelphia starting running back Jay Ajayi suffered a season-ending knee injury last weekend and the Super Bowl champions might be in the market for another back to replace him.
His addition to the Eagles would provide a significant upgrade with a running that the team could build with for the long haul next to quarterback Carson Wentz. Acquiring McCoy would allow Clement, Smallwood and Josh Adams to remain in the roles they now have.