1. Philadelphia Eagles take notice. Jonathan Williams is your best bang for your buck (literally).
At this point in both of their great careers, many of the questions surrounding both Devonta Freeman and LeSean McCoy hinge on the same things. How much do they have left to give to any NFL team, and how much contact can they absorb?
For many, seeing Andy Reid designate his once-prized pupil. McCoy, as a healthy scratch in Super Bowl 54 was the death sentence. It’s very fair to state that once “Big Red” gives up on you it’s over, but as “Birds” fans and the Philly media sometimes do, the questions about a possible reunion with “Shady” started to find its way into stories and into Twitter feeds.
Sure, he’s the Eagles all-time leading rusher, but he’s also turning 32 years old in July and a shell of his former self. In 2019, he averaged 4.6 yards per rush on 7.8 attempts per game, but at this point, the Eagles, who already have three backs in the McCoy mode, may want to look in the direction of someone younger who has less tread and costs less money to serve in some other role.
That pretty much rules out “Shady” and Freeman. The reasons for avoiding McCoy have been discussed at length on this site as have better options. Here’s the skinny on the latter. The Atlanta Falcons swallowed $6 million in dead money to avoid having to pay him $6.5 million. He’s talented and a nice receiver, but the explosion and the ability to hammer the ball up the middle are both gone.
His addition now would be no different than bringing Jay Ajayi back for yet another run. Williams provides the youth the Eagles said they wanted. He’s also cost-effective, but if you’re still skeptical and need more evidence there are other reasons to be interested.