Head coach Chip Kelly explained how the Eagles' depth at the running back position combined with the Buffalo Bills' persistence in trying to acquire running back Bryce Brown led to the trade that took place on Saturday. The Eagles sent Brown to Buffalo in exchange for either a 2015 fourth-round pick, a 2016 third-round pick or a 2016 fourth-round pick. The final compensation depends on San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Stevie Johnson's performance next season. Buffalo traded Johnson to the 49ers on Friday for a conditional pick, which could be sent to the Eagles. The two teams also swapped seventh-round picks in this year's draft.
"I'm really happy for him. It's an opportunity to go somewhere," Kelly said. "They had been on him for a while. We probably fielded a lot of offers from them in terms of what they wanted, because we knew what they wanted and how much they wanted Bryce. It's just we kind of had a log jam so to speak at running back."
It's not a surprise that Kelly lavished praise on All-Pro running back LeSean McCoy, the league's leading rusher in 2013. However, Kelly had high praise for running backs Chris Polk and Matthew Tucker.
"You obviously have the best back in the league in LeSean, and you add Darren Sproles who I think ... We traded a fifth to get him. Really excited about Chris Polk and how he's come along. Chris is an outstanding special teams player for us. But you go back to the Detroit game and the long run he hit for us in that game. I really think Chris is a 100 percent healthy, and is vying for time there. We really like Tucker. I think he's another guy as we continue to develop was on the practice squad. Got him to the active (roster). Came to camp. He's probably in the best shape of any of the backs right now and is really pushing for it. So we felt like if that can get us something as we go forward, we felt it was a positive move."